Trans ID Project

The Trans ID Project is a collaborative project of MTPC, GLAD, and law firms Ropes & Gray LLP and Goodwin Proctor LLP. Together, we are providing free legal assistance with name and gender marker changes across New England.

What it is:

Trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive people living in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont) seeking to update their legal name and gender on federal and state documents can receive free legal representation through this rapid-response program. 

The Trans ID Project is a collaborative project of MTPC, GLAD, and laws firm Ropes and Gray LLP, and Goowdin Proctor LLP.

Assisting transgender people through the legal process for:

  • Legal name change
  • Social Security card
  • U.S. passport
  • Driver’s license/Non-driver state-issued identification card
  • Birth certificate

Who can Participate:

Anyone is welcome to participate (parents of minors may participate in the name of the minor). However, it is important to note that this assistance is only available to those living in New England.

Volunteers:

The lawyers at Ropes and Gray and Goodwin Proctor are providing the one-on-one legal assistance – but we still need your help! If you are interested in providing community support to those working through the process, please email info@masstpc.org. We need community members and allies who can provide the non-legal support: like going with people to Probate Court, or the RMV, talking with community members who have questions, or just being in our corner through this process. Your support can help in many important ways.

Financial Assistance

We are working to provide financial assistance for those who can not afford a name and gender marker change on state and federal identity documents. These fees can exceed $300, depending on the steps, making access difficult for many in our community.

If you can, please consider donating to our Trans ID Project fund to help our community.

If you are in need of financial assistance, please email Tre’Andre: TreAndreValentine@masstpc.org.

Sign up for the Trans ID Project and receive free legal assistance with name and gender marker changes.

Please fill out the form below for assistance. Due to the high demand for this service, it may take 6 to 8 weeks for you to be matched with an attorney.

If you have an urgent or time-sensitive matter, please let us know. If you prefer, you can speak to someone by phone Monday – Friday between 1:30 – 4:30 PM by calling 1-800-455-4523. We look forward to working with you.

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To help you with your name and gender marker change process, MTPC has organized a suggested order in which to change your documents, and a checklist of all of the required documentation for each step.

Name and Gender Marker Checklist

Name and Gender Marker Reference Guide

Reference guides for CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT coming soon.

If you experience any legal barriers because of a delay in being able to complete a name or gender change, or if you have other questions or concerns, please reach out to GLAD Answers

For more information on name and gender marker change process, visit the ID Documents page.