SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The second part of a California transgender rights law took effect on July 1.
Trans Californians who are seeking to obtain a legal name change are no longer required to attend an in-person court hearing unless someone challenges their request. They also do not need to publish their name change in a local newspaper.
The first phase of Assembly Bill 1121 that took effect in January eliminated the requirement that trans Californians must obtain a court order to allow them to change the gender on their birth certificate. The law only requires them to submit a form and a letter from their doctor to the California Department of Public Health and pay a $23 fee.
“These new protections were created to improve the safety and privacy needs of transgender people seeking to obtain accurate and consistent identity documents,” said the Transgender Law Center in a press release.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last October.