Name and Gender Marker Change Frequently Asked Questions
Does a court order ("legal name or gender marker change") automatically update other records?
No. A person’s identifications records, like social security card or driver’s license, are only updated when a person requests an update through the organization that issues the record. For example, a birth certificate is issued by the Indiana Department of Health and a driver’s license is issued by Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
If a name is changed as a result of marriage, does a person need to file for a "legal name change" in court?
Usually the answer is no. An original, executed marriage certificate shows a name change. However, a person must request updates to any personal identification records as explained above. Usually the marriage certificate, instead of court order, can be used to update those identification records.