TransLAW is thrilled to have collaborated with Whitman-Walker Heath in establishing the the Name and Gender Change Clinic in 2012. The clinic is free and consists of trained attorneys meeting one-on-one with clients on a walk-in basis to provide assistance with the name and gender change processes, including obtaining court orders, changing drivers’ licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identity documents and public records. We also help clients to collect needed letters from medical providers and to seek waivers of court fees and other fees, where possible. Since TransLAW's founding, we have been able to help every client that needed financial assistance with court fees and other fees to get new ID documents. Don't let lack of funds stop you from updating your documents!
Clients can walk in and receive services without bringing any documents, however, you will receive more comprehensive services if you can bring any of the following documents: original birth certificate, any name change order if you have already changed your name, passport, and other legal documents and records.
Clients should arrive between 6:30-7:30pm at Whitman-Walker Health at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th Street, NW (you must come in through the main reception area before being let upstairs to the legal services office). Pizza is provided. Please know that sometimes clients do not finish everything until 10pm.
If you have questions about the clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lee Brubaker at Whitman-Walker at 202.939.7627.
In addition to our Name and Gender Change Clinic, we also offer a Court Advocate Program once a month. Our Court Advocates are former clinic clients who volunteer to accompany other clients to file their name change petitions with the DC court. Our Court Advocate program builds community and provides support and reassurance for clients as they go through the daunting process of filing their name change paperwork.