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Legal Name and Sex Designation Changes in Washington State
Name and Sex Designation Changes on University Records
Gender-Neutral Housing
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms on Campus
Health Insurance

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Legal Name and Sex Designation Changes in Washington State
If you are a resident of Washington State, there are two main methods of changing your legal name on your government-issued documents: a certified court-order, or by Common Law whereby you will be asked to show usage of your preferred name.

How to change your name by court order:
File a Petition in the district court of the judicial district in which you reside along with the filing fee. You will also need to complete an Order for Name Change for the judge to sign. Photo ID may be required. You need to call the district court for the district in which you reside to determine the amount of the filing fee because the filing fees vary. Keep in mind that name change fees can cost in the range of $150 – $200 depending on your district and how many copies of the court order you request. The Petition must state your current name, the new name you want and the reasons for the name change. The Petition should also state that you are not changing your name for fraudulent purposes and that changing your name will not be detrimental to the interests of any other person. (LawForWa.org)

How to change your name through Common Law:
Common law name change results by simply using the new name consistently and exclusively for all purposes. This is legal because a person has a common law right to use any name he or she chooses. No legal proceedings or attorneys fees are involved in this type of name change. The common law method has disadvantages because many governmental institutions may require documentation proving that a valid name change has been made. Since you have not gone to court and acquired a court order for your name change, you will need some other document to satisfy this requirement. Most offices will be satisfied with an affidavit of name change. An affidavit is a written statement explaining that you have changed your name for all purposes and that you have not made the change for fraudulent purposes. The affidavit must be sworn to and signed before a notary public and sent to the appropriate office. (LawForWa.org)

How to change your sex designation (M/F) on legal records:
If you own a Washington State driver’s license, you may change your sex designation by filling out the first section of Driver License or ID Card Change of Gender Designation Request. The “Physician” section must be filled out by your licensed medical physician, osteopathic physician, or psychologist. For more information, you may also visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website. Once your request has been approved, you have to visit a DOL branch and pay the $10 fee in order to have your sex designation changed.

Please also refer to the “Transgender Guide” booklet published by American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State for more information related to laws applicable to transgender individuals.

If you are concerned about changing your name and sex designation (M/F) on your school records and other legal documents, or have any questions with regard to this matter, please contact E Sekins or drop by the Q Center, located in Schmitz Hall 450 or call us at 206.897.1430.

Name and Sex Designation Changes on University Records
Currently, the Q Center is working with the Office of the Registrar to create an easier process for students to change their preferred name and sex designation as they would like that information to appear on their school records. The current process for changing your name and sex designation on your school records can be found here. The Registrar’s Office is located in Schmitz Hall 225 and can be reached by email at registra@uw.edu.
However, if you are concerned about changing your name and sex designation (M/F) on your school records and other legal documents, or have any questions with regard to this matter, please contact E Sekins or drop by the Q Center, located in Schmitz Hall 450 or call us at 206.897.1430.

Gender-Neutral Housing
The Q Center is currently working with RHSA and S.O.L.E. to provide gender-neutral housing to current and prospective UW students. If you are interested in gender-neutral housing or have any questions, please contact Erica Sekins or drop by the Q Center, located in Schmitz Hall 450 or call us at 206.897.1430.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms on Campus
A map of available unisex bathrooms on campus. We try to keep this up to date, but if any bathroom is missing or incorrect, please send a website feedback message via the “Contact Us” tab!!!

  • Mercer Hall
    Most accessible restrooms are unisex, on 1st floor of both east and west buildings.
  • School of Social Work
    Most accessible restroom is the unisex restroom located on the 2nd floor.
  • Burke Museum
    An accessible unisex restroom is located on the main exhibit floor.
  • Hughes Penthouse Theatre
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, 20H (off lobby).
  • McCarty Hall
    Accessible unisex restroom is located in the lobby area on the 1st floor.
  • Balmer Hall
    There is a unisex restroom on the first floor.
  • Art Building
    An accessible unisex restroom is located on the 3rd floor.
  • Engineering Library
    One unisex bathroom on the 3rd floor.
  • Hall Health
    Unisex bathroom on the 2nd floor, room 215.
  • Physical Plant Office
    There is a unisex restroom on the ground floor.
  • Meany Hall 191
    Two unisex restrooms. One single occupancy. One public with two stalls. Both are located on east end of the dance studio hall by the water fountain.
  • Cunningham Hall
    Most accessible restrooms are unisex, rooms 102 and 201.
  • Oceanography Building
    A unisex restroom on the 3rd floor.
  • Plant Laboratory
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, on the 1st floor.
  • Wilson Annex
    Most accessible restroom is unisex, on the 1st floor.
  • Sports Medical Clinic
    Unisex for public. Two unisex bathrooms in therapy area.

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