For many transgender people, securing a legal name and gender marker change is an important step in their journey toward leading a successful life. That’s why we provide transgender name change assistance.
Not having appropriate identity documents can deter people from applying for jobs, school, and public benefits. It also can lead to discrimination.
Our goal is to help gender diverse people to successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.
Transgender residents of Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, Montgomery, Berks, Bucks, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Schuylkill Counties are eligible for the following services.
Mentoring – Changing your name can seem complicated but our volunteers will explain the process to you in plain language. We will also provide advice on how to go to Court and may even be able to accompany you! See our legal disclaimer here.
Legal Paperwork – While we are not lawyers, we have helped dozens of people successfully complete their legal paperwork for the Court and we can help you too!. You may even be able to take advantage of our automatic form generator!
Financial Help – When representing yourself, a legal name change in Pennsylvania typically costs between $250 and $600. EPTEP may be able to provide you with a financial grant to help you cover these costs.
Please note: Changing your name in Pennsylvania is a legal process that requires going to court. No attorney-client relationship is formed merely by using this site, accessing the information contained here, or using the forms provided. All information is provided as-is. Please read our entire legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
If you want to learn more about the technical process for legally changing your name in Pennsylvania please review the information on our Pennsylvania Name Change Process Page.
The Eastern PA Trans Equity Project (EPTEP) serves transgender and gender diverse people throughout eastern Pennsylvania including the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. This includes the Cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and more.
Our supportive programs include Transgender Support Groups, Legal Name Change Assistance, Grants for Gender-affirming garments or prostheses, Scholarship Programs, Outreach Programs, and Emergency Food Assistance to people in Lehigh County, Northampton County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Luzerne County, Lackawanna County, Carbon County, Schuylkill County and other areas of Pennsylvania.
Are you interested in meeting other transgender folk? Are you the spouse or partner of a trans person? If so, make sure to check out our support groups including Lehigh Valley Transgender Renaissance.
If you would like more information about our services or to have an EPTEP member speak at one of your events, please contact us today!
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