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sorry if this is the wrong forum, but idk where else to look or ask

I was born in/currently live in Pennsylvania. After quitting my job I've decided within the next couple of months I'm moving west to vegas with a sister and start anew (more opportunities there, done with living in such a small town and dealing with small town life, plus my sister hasn't seen me in 12 years, started hrt in 2014 so im sure I'll look way different to her lol). I can't wait because my sister and I are on somewhat of a time frame with me moving over there (getting living arrangements settled, and dealing with her family as well). And I believe in PA it would take months to complete the process. So I didn't want to start the process, find out it would take months, and push back me moving.

What I want to know is, is it possible for me to change my name while living in vegas. I've been lurking and I saw someone said they could hire a lawyer to represent them (but idk what state it was and it was also 7 years ago).

I'm not sure what options I have, because PA doesn't have much info on it other than how to do it in person.

Whatever info you guys have is appreciated thank you.

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If you are a registered resident of a state, it would be the state you change your name in!


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sorry if this is the wrong forum, but idk where else to look or ask

I was born in/currently live in Pennsylvania. After quitting my job I've decided within the next couple of months I'm moving west to vegas with a sister and start anew (more opportunities there, done with living in such a small town and dealing with small town life, plus my sister hasn't seen me in 12 years, started hrt in 2014 so im sure I'll look way different to her lol). I can't wait because my sister and I are on somewhat of a time frame with me moving over there (getting living arrangements settled, and dealing with her family as well). And I believe in PA it would take months to complete the process. So I didn't want to start the process, find out it would take months, and push back me moving.

What I want to know is, is it possible for me to change my name while living in vegas. I've been lurking and I saw someone said they could hire a lawyer to represent them (but idk what state it was and it was also 7 years ago).

I'm not sure what options I have, because PA doesn't have much info on it other than how to do it in person.

Whatever info you guys have is appreciated thank you.

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sorry if this is the wrong forum, but idk where else to look or ask

I was born in/currently live in Pennsylvania. After quitting my job I've decided within the next couple of months I'm moving west to vegas with a sister and start anew (more opportunities there, done with living in such a small town and dealing with small town life, plus my sister hasn't seen me in 12 years, started hrt in 2014 so im sure I'll look way different to her lol). I can't wait because my sister and I are on somewhat of a time frame with me moving over there (getting living arrangements settled, and dealing with her family as well). And I believe in PA it would take months to complete the process. So I didn't want to start the process, find out it would take months, and push back me moving.

What I want to know is, is it possible for me to change my name while living in vegas. I've been lurking and I saw someone said they could hire a lawyer to represent them (but idk what state it was and it was also 7 years ago).

I'm not sure what options I have, because PA doesn't have much info on it other than how to do it in person.

Whatever info you guys have is appreciated thank you.

It doesn't look like it. https://www.susans.org/wiki/Changing_legal_name_in_the_US





Edit to add: I did my name change in Massachusetts and I believe it was 99 days from application to recieving the court order in the mail.
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@Linde so if i got my residency in nevada, I could get my name changed there instead of doing it prior to me leaving PA?
 @Devlyn damn, well thank you. i may have to delay my move then

sorry im not sure how to properly @ people

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If you become a resident of Nevada you can change your name there. It doesn't have anything to do with where your were born or anything like that. All that matters is that your do the name change where you live.

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@Linde so if i got my residency in nevada, I could get my name changed there instead of doing it prior to me leaving PA?
 @Devlyn damn, well thank you. i may have to delay my move then

sorry im not sure how to properly @ people
I was born in Germany, lived half of my life in Minnesconsin, and live now in Florida.  I did my legal name change in Florida.


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Most states require 3 months to establish residency, some 6 months. After established, you file your name change in the courts with that state. Lawyers aren't necessary, but can make the process easier. After legal name change is done, then you can see about changing your birth certificate from PA.

Side note, once your gotten a driver's license with Real ID, you don't need to show all of the proof required again. I got my Real ID (indicated by a star in a circle) then changed my name. I didn't need to have a matching birth certificate, just the court ordered name change.

Gender marker for driver's license and birth certificate requirements vary by state. I recommend the website for NCTE for each state's requirements.

https://transequality.org/documents

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Good morning, jryd!

This guidance sheet from the Nevada State Legislature may be helpful regarding Nevada requirements:

"LEGAL RESIDENCE
Unless otherwise required by a specific statute, NRS 10.155 provides that the legal residence of a person in Nevada is that place where the person has been physically present within the state during the period for which residency is claimed. Legal residence starts on the day that such actual physical presence begins. If a person leaves the jurisdiction of his or her residence with the intention, in good faith, of returning without delay and continuing his or her residence, the time of absence is not considered in determining the fact of residence."

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Publications/Factsheets/Residency.pdf

So it looks like the critical factors in determining resident status are (1) your presence in the state, and (2) your good faith intention to live and remain there.  Brief absences don't matter.

The fact sheet (linked above) specifies some time limits for certain purposes not at issue in your situation - like a six-week requirement for filing for divorce.

If the process is lengthy in Pennsylvania, it seems like you might want to just make the move and then change your name when you get to Nevada.
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Thank you all so much for takin the time to answer me, I appreciate your answers and guidance. Definitely helped me with the decision Im going to make.

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I am a little late to this post, but think that it is important to know for many people that it is possible to get a lot of direct information by State from State websites for name and gender changes, legal residency for those changes.  And, you can get some really good support and additional help information just also Googling the question you may find local LGBT support groups for document and other changes, because some of them are located in the State where the legal action may take place, and some national trans support organizations with "How To" instructions State by State.  Just always check with the State sites to make sure that the support advice is up to date.

I hope that this works for you and others, because it really helped me as I went through my own process.

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