Name Change

Legal documents like driver’s licenses and birth certificates can fail to capture the identity of LGBTQ+ people. This often follows changes to one’s name or gender and can result in a struggle to have these personal matters recognized. Legally filing for a change to one’s name and/or gender marker can notify the proper channels about one’s new identity and help ensure its recognition. For transgender and gender nonconforming folks, research associates identity- consistent legal documents with improved socioeconomic outcomes. The Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center is happy to assist community members looking to obtain these services.

What we offer

Legal Clinics
Informational sessions with local attorneys about the legal process of changing one’s
name or gender marker.
Printing and Form Assistance
Assistance for those who need guidance completing or obtaining necessary forms and
paperwork.
Transportation
Ride assistance to help individuals make the necessary appearances before the clerk or court.
Financial Assistance
Needs-based grants to cover the cost of filing and court-related fees.

Frequently asked Questions

  • How long does this process take?
    This process can take 5-10 weeks after filing and perhaps longer depending on the
    circumstances.
  • How much does it cost?
    This varies depending on one’s filing status and where the Notice of Hearing is
    advertised. Generally, it can range from $45-$365 with additional postage and stationary
    costs.
  • What is the Notice of Hearing?
    A classified ad in a reputable local paper disclosing the date and time of one’s hearing.
    This requirement can be waived if individual is approved for Sealed Record filing. This
    is recommended for cost and safety.
    Check out our list of resources:
    Resources:
    Informational

How-to Guides

Links:
MT Name and Gender Marker Changes 101 (Video)
Name Change Packets

Contacts

Legal
Meghan Sutton
Law Office of Meghan Lulf Sutton PLLC
410 Central Ave STE, 306
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 771-7477


Allen P. Lanning
Allen P. Lanning, Law
300 Central Ave Suite 500
Great Falls, MT 59403
allenplanninglaw@gmail.com


Cascade County Law Clinic, Inc.
401 3 rd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 452-6269


Financial, Printing, and For Assistance
Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center
1400 1 st Ave N, 2 nd Floor
Great Falls, MT 59401
gflgbtq@gmail.com