No Publication Required for California Name Changes Related to Gender Transition

Effective July 1, 2014, any Californian who goes to court to change his or her change to conform to his or her gender identity is not required to publish notice of the proposed change. (Cal. Code of Civil Procedure section 1277(a)(5).) The standard procedure for name changes requires that the current and proposed names be published, usually once a week for four weeks, in the legal notices section of a local newspaper. Transgender advocacy groups argued that such public notice of a name change made transgender persons vulnerable to embarrassment, discrimination, or even violence.