Coin Name Change
Prior to legally changing your name, you may change your primary name to your preferred name in COIN. This will place your preferred name on course rosters and on your degree, if you choose. To do so, log into the UMassD portal. Click on "COIN for Students." Log into COIN. On the top tabs, selected "Self Service." Pick "Campus Personal Information" and then "Names." There will be an edit button next to your preferred name. Edit it here and click SAVE. Click here for a visual presentation of this information.
How To Receive a Legal Name Change in Massachusetts
Where to Go
To file for a legal name change, you need to go to the office of the Register of Probate in the Probate and Family Court in the county in which you reside.
What You Will Need to Bring
1) A certified copy of your birth certificate
One can be ordered. The cost for the birth certificate is $45, which includes shipping. After the online request form is sent in, instructions will be emailed to you about how to mail in a check or money order. Once payment is received, normal delivery time for the birth certificate is 10-14 business days. For an additional $45, the delivery time is 3-5 days. Click here for options for obtaining your birth certificate in Massachusetts.
2) Previous name change decrees (if any)
If your name has been previously changed by decree of court or at marriage, either a copy of record of birth so amended, a copy of such decree, or a copy of record of marriage must be filed with the application.
3) Name Change Petition Form
This form is available. Name Change Form
The form asks why you are changing your name. You do not have to indicate that you are transgender/transsexual and do not need to be on hormones, to have had gender reassignment/confirmation surgery, or to have a letter from a doctor or therapist. Some people choose to write "common usage," "personal reason," or "it's the name that I use."
As long as you are not changing your name in order to commit fraud, you have the legal right to change your name. A criminal record check will be done for all name-change petitioners over the age of 7 years. If you are denied the right to change your name because of a criminal record, you may wish to contact a lawyer.
The cost to file for a name change is $150, plus a $15 surcharge. Fees may be paid with cash, money order, or personal check. If you receive public benefits, have an income below the poverty line, or otherwise cannot afford $165, you may request that the fee be waived by declaring indigence. The Clerk of the Court can also offer assistance.
All name change petitions are published in a local newspaper. There is a separate charge for the publication and you can usually choose the paper in which the notice is published. If you have a good reason that the notice should not be published, you can file a motion to waive publication and an affidavit (a sworn statement) stating why you do not wish to have this information published. You may have to appear before a judge to explain your reasons.
Each probate court has a different process for handling name changes. In some courts, you may go before a judge or before a judge's clerk. In other courts, the judge looks at the name change application outside of the petitioner's presence. You may be able to finish everything that day or you may be required to return in about two weeks.
Open Housing is a suite of rooms in which assignments are not determined by biological sex. This is often seen as a "safe space" for students who feel more comfortable living with students of a different biological gender, transgender students, or students interested in social justice issues involving gender conformity. Please note that students must actively choose to live in this community to do so fill out a Open Housing Living Agreement.
Where can I find gender inclusive restrooms?
As of this date, we have one restroom on the first floor of the Campus Center, on the quad side, that is a lockable, one stall handicapped restroom. The CWGS is working with Facilities to designate at least one restroom per building as gender inclusive. Updates will be added to this web page.
Healthcare Options for Trans* Students
All the UMass Universities now offer coverage for both trans* gender confirmation surgery and the hormones. Go to www.universityhealthplans.com and click on UMass Dartmouth for further information.