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Indiana Name Change Procedure

  1. Fill out the appropriate forms
    The forms for name change over 17
    The forms for name change under 17
    The forms for gender change 
  2. Get your files notarized
    Find notaries 
  3. File your papers with the court
    Find information on local county court procedures
  4. Send your change to a local publication (name and gender change)
    Find information on those guidelines here
  5. Day in court 
  6. Make sure to purchase enough copies of your court order to give to multiple folks
  7. Vital records change

(Much of the information below originated from the IN.gov website)

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a name change! Here is some information about how to legally change your name in the state of Indiana. The information below is for reference only and should not be viewed as legal advice and should not take the place of legal advice.

Before you get started…

The following  information is for an adult name change. According to Indiana law, this means anyone who is 17 years of age or older. Check out this information if you are under the age of 17.


The first step to petitioning the court to legally change your name is to complete and file a Petition for Name Change for an Adult. Fill out the following information if you:

• Would like to legally change your name
• Are 17 years of age or older
• Are not currently in jail or prison
• Are not required to register as a sex or violent offender
• Are not trying to avoid creditors

The forms that need to be completed come in two formats: electronic fillable and printable. You will be able to type your answers into the electronic fillable forms and then print them, or you can print the packet and instructions out and complete them by hand.

You will need to get the forms you are going to file notarized by a notary public. Many businesses, such as businesses where you are able to cash checks or UPS, offer this service for a fee. Many banks also offer this service and will waive the fee if you are a member. 

Filing the Forms with the Clerk of Court

Once you've completed the packet, you will need to print, sign, make copies, and take the forms to the Clerk of Court in your county (In Marion County, the Clerk's office is located in the City County Building at 200 E. Washington Street, #W-122). In order to find out how many copies you will need to make and any additional forms/procedures that are required, review your local court rules. In Marion County, the cost of filing the petition is $141.00.

The court will set a hearing date when you file your petition for your name change. Make sure this date is filled in on the Notice of Petition for Change of Name.

Publishing the Name Change

After you have filed your paperwork with your county's Clerk of Court, you will need to take the Notice of Petition for Change of Name to your local paper. You will want to contact your local paper to learn about their process and cost.

• The notice must run once a week for three weeks
• The last publication date must be at least thirty days before your hearing date
• After the last day the notice runs, the newspaper will send you a proof of publication notice
• Attach the proof of publication notice to the Notice of Filing Proof of Publication
• File these forms with the Clerk of Court

There are many things you may want to consider when publishing your name change. The cost to publish will vary among publications, and each publication has a varied amount of readers and circulation. 

Your Day in Court

In most cases, you will need to go before a judge in open court for the judge to grant your name change. When you arrive at the courthouse, make sure you check-in with the court clerk. You will be asked a series of questions by the judge who will decide if your request will be granted. If your request is granted, you will receive a Certificate of Name Change. You will want to bring money with you to purchase multiple, original copies of your Certificate of Name Change to have for your records.

After Your Name Change

First, congratulations on your name change! Now, you'll need to inform all government agencies (Social Security, Office of Vital Records, BMV) in order that they can update their records.

Updating Identification

Local health department vital record fees


Voice Training/Therapy

What is Voice Training/Therapy?

Voice training/therapy refers to any non-surgical technique that is used to modify an individual's voice. In our society, the voice is one of several different gender cues often used to express or interpret a person's gender. 

Local Resources

There are several local voice training/therapy providers in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The names of these providers have been passed along to IYG and the quality or outcomes of their services cannot be guaranteed.


Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

In order to understand what hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is, it's helpful to have a general understanding of the function of hormones. The type of hormones most relevant in regards to trans information are sex hormones, responsible for developing sex characteristics. Humans have sex organs that develop before they are born (genitals, ovaries/testicles, etc.), and secondary sex characteristics that typically develop at puberty (facial hair, breast growth, voice changes, etc.). Everyone has a mixture of all different hormones in their body, but generally males have more testosterone and females have more estrogen. HRT is the process of taking hormonal medications to change the levels of sex hormones in the body. It is safest and best practice if these medications are prescribed and monitored by a physician.

A trans person does not have to take hormones in order to be trans.There are a variety of reasons why an individual may choose not to utilize HRT or may not have access to HRT.

Adjusting the levels of sex hormones such as estrogen, androgen, and testosterone will result in various outcomes that are impacted by a number of factors such as genetics and personal health. Some of the changes are impermanent (reversible) if an individual decides to stop HRT, and some changes are permanent (irreversible). There can also be complications and undesired outcomes of HRT, and it is best if all medications are prescribed by a physician who is involved in an individual's care.

IYG does not have a list of referrals to prescribing physicians, however OutCare's Outlist has doctors listed. 

Informational Resources

Hudson's Guide: FTM Testosterone Therapy and General Health

TransgenderCare.com's Transgender Forms of Feminizing Hormone Therapy

American Medical Association: Transgender Health

What is Binding?
In the trans community, "binding" refers to the process of compressing one's breast tissue in order to create a more "masculine" appearing chest.

Some in the trans* community make the decision to bind their chest and some do not. 
There are a variety of methods that people use in order to bind. Each method offers varying levels of success along with varied amounts of pain and discomfort and potential health risks. If you are going to choose to bind, it is important to research the various available methods and the health risks they pose so you can make an informed decision that is best for you.
Informational Resources
Hudson's FTM Resource Guide offers detailed tips and information for various binding methods, instructions on how to determine bra and cup size, and information on where to purchase manufactured binders.
Female to Male is a website offering the history of binding, tips and potential health risks, and other resources.
In A Bind is a volunteer-run endeavor that provides new and used chest binders to youth. Need a binder? Looking for a place to donate an old one? Check them out!