Name and Gender Change Notification and Request for Confidentiality (SB 372, 2023)

Effective January 1, 2024, under Business and Professions Code section 27.5, licensees may notify the licensing board or bureau within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) of a name and/or gender change and request confidentiality of the previous name or gender information, when meeting certain specified requirements.

The DCA will recognize a licensee’s name or gender change and update the individual’s license and the online publicly viewable licensing information by replacing references to the former name or gender with references to the current name or gender, when the licensee submits the documentation identified below demonstrating that their name or gender changed.

Licensees eligible for a name change and request for confidentiality include:

  • Individuals participating in the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home program who confidentially change their name in a court proceeding based on concerns related to domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1277(b).
  • Individuals who change their name in a court proceeding to conform to their gender identity, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1277.5.
  • Individuals who obtain a court order to change their name in connection with a court proceeding to change their gender or sex identifier, pursuant to article 7 of chapter 11 of part 1 of division 102 of the Health and Safety Code.  Such court orders are typically issued in connection with a change to a birth certificate or marriage license and certificate.

Once the licensee’s name or gender is updated, the former name or gender will not be published online, except that if a public search of the online license verification system is performed using the licensee’s former name, a statement will appear in connection with the search directing the public to contact the applicable licensing board or bureau for more information about the licensee.

Enforcement records that reference the licensee’s former name or gender will not be posted online.  Instead, a statement will appear noting that the licensee was previously subject to enforcement action and directing the public to contact the applicable licensing board or bureau for more information about the enforcement action.  Enforcement records that are not posted online may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

The licensing board or bureau may require a fee to reissue a license or other licensing record using the updated name or gender, but it may not charge a higher fee for reissuing a document than the fee it regularly charges for reissuing documents with updated information.

Notification of Name Change

To request a name change, you must submit copies of all documents listed in one of the following paragraphs to demonstrate that your legal name was changed:

  • A certified court order issued pursuant to a court proceeding authorized by Code of Civil Procedure section 1277(b) and the certificate issued under the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home program reflecting your updated name; or
  • A certified court order reflecting your updated name issued pursuant to a court proceeding authorized by Code of Civil Procedure section 1277.5 or Article 7 of Chapter 11 of Part 1 of Division 102 of the Health and Safety Code.

Notification of Gender Change

To request a gender change, you must submit a copy of any of the documents listed below to demonstrate that your gender identification changed:

  • Driver’s license or identification card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Court Order indicating a gender change

Licensees notifying the DCA of a name or gender change pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 27.5 and requesting confidentiality of the previous information can do so by completing the form below and sending the completed form and required documentation to the board's mailing address listed below (ATTN: Name and Gender Change Notification and Request for Confidentiality).  Records related to the name or gender change notification are confidential and will not be disclosed to the public.

Name and Gender Change Notification and Request for Confidentiality

A notification of name change for purposes other than those identified above can be requested through the board’s or bureau’s standard name change process. Please refer to the specific board or bureau website listed below for information.

Board/Bureau Name Board/Bureau Mailing Address Board/Bureau Main Phone Number Board/Bureau Name Change Website or Form
California Board of Accountancy 2450 Venture Oaks Way, Suite #300
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-3680 https://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/applicants/namechg.pdf
Acupuncture Board 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite #N-219
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 515-5200 https://www.acupuncture.ca.gov/pubs_forms/namechange.pdf
California Architects Board  2420 Del Paso Road, Suite #105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7220 https://cab.ca.gov/general_information/address_and_name_changes.shtml
California State Athletic Commission 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite #2010
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2195 https://www.dca.ca.gov/csac/about_us/contact_us.shtml 
Bureau of Automotive Repair 10949 North Mather Blvd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (800) 952-5210 https://www.bar.ca.gov/pdf/licensee-change-of-name-address-final.pdf
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology P.O. Box 944226
Sacramento, CA 94244
(800) 952-5210 https://www.barbercosmo.ca.gov/forms_pubs/publications/faqs.shtml
Board of Behavioral Sciences 1625 N Market Blvd., Suite #S-200
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7830 https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/forms/change_name.pdf
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite #S-208
Sacramento , CA 95834
(916) 574-7870 https://cfb.ca.gov/about_us/faqs.shtml
Board of Chiropractic Examiners 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite #N-327
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 263-5355 https://chiro.ca.gov/forms_pubs/duplic_app.pdf
Contractors State License Board P.O. Box 26000
Sacramento, CA 95826
(800) 321-2752 https://www.cslb.ca.gov/Contractors/Maintain_License/
Court Reporters Board of California 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite #230
Sacramento, CA 95833
(877) 327-5272 (Toll Free)
(916) 263-3660 (Direct)
https://www.courtreportersboard.ca.gov/formspubs/name.pdf
Dental Hygiene Board of California 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite #1350
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-1978 https://www.dhbc.ca.gov/formspubs/app_namechange_licensee.pdf
Dental Board of California 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite #1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
(877) 729-7789 (Toll Free)
(916) 263-2300 (Direct)
https://www.dbc.ca.gov/formspubs/form_namechange.pdf
Bureau of Household Goods and Services BHGS Licensing 4244 South Market Court, Suite D
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 999-2041 https://bhgs.dca.ca.gov/licensee/index.shtml
Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers 3075 Prospect Park Drive, Suite # 190, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 552-9000 https://www.brea.ca.gov/forms/REA_3011.pdf
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite #300
Sacramento, CA 95833
(866) 780-5370 (Toll Free)
(916) 999-3600 (Direct)
https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/pubs/forms/namechng.pdf
Landscape Architects Technical Committee 2420 Del Paso Road Suite #105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 575-7230 https://latc.ca.gov/general_information/address_and_name_changes.shtml
Medical Board of California 2005 Evergreen Street Suite #1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(800) 633-2322 (Toll Free)
(916) 263-2382 (Direct)
https://www.mbc.ca.gov/Download/Forms/nc-1.pdf
California Board of Naturopathic Medicine 1747 N Market Blvd., Suite #240
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-4785 https://www.naturopathic.ca.gov/formspubs/index.shtml
California Board of Occupational Therapy 1610 Arden Way, Suite #121
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2294 https://bot.ca.gov/forms_pubs/name_change.pdf
Board of Optometry 2450 Del Paso Road, Suite #105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(866) 585-2666 (Toll Free)
(916) 575-7170 (Direct)
https://www.optometry.ca.gov/optometrist/index.shtml
Osteopathic Medical Board 1300 National Drive, Suite #150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-8390 https://www.ombc.ca.gov/forms_pubs/name_change.pdf
Board of Pharmacy 2720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite #100
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 518-3100 https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/about/change_of_address_personal.shtml
Physical Therapy Board of California 2005 Evergreen St., Suite #2600
Sacramento, CA 95815
(800) 832-2251 (Toll Free)
(916) 561-8200 (Direct)
https://www.ptbc.ca.gov/licensees/name_change.shtml
Physician Assistant Board 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite #2250
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 561-8780 https://www.pab.ca.gov/licensees/name_change.shtml
Podiatric Medical Board of California 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite #1300
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2647 https://www.pmbc.ca.gov/licensees/index.shtml#fact
Professional Fiduciaries Bureau 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-209
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 574-7340 https://www.fiduciary.ca.gov/licensees/addname_change.pdf
Board of Psychology 1625 N Market Blvd., Suite #N-215
Sacramento, CA 95834
(866) 503-3221 (Toll Free)
(916) 574-7720 (Direct)
https://www.psychology.ca.gov/forms_pubs/name_change.pdf
Board of Registered Nursing 1747 N Market Blvd., Suite #150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350 https://rn.ca.gov/pdfs/forms/namechange.pdf
Respiratory Care Board 3750 Rosin Court, Suite #100
Sacramento, CA 95834
(866) 375-0386 (Toll Free)
(916) 999-2190 (Direct)
https://rcb.ca.gov/licensees/manage_your_lic.shtml
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798 (800) 952-5210 (Toll Free)
(916) 322- 4000 (Direct)
https://bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/personal_namechange.pdf
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board 1601 Response Road, Suite #260
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 287-7915 https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/forms_pubs/namechg.pdf
Structural Pest Control Board 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite # 1500
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 561-8704 https://www.pestboard.ca.gov/forms/43l-8.pdf
Veterinary Medical Board 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite #230
Sacramento, CA 95834
(866) 229-0170 (Toll Free)
(916) 515-5220 (Direct)
https://vmb.ca.gov/licensees/forms.shtml
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite #205
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800 https://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/pdf/55p-3.pdf