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- Anais Nin

Oregon Documentation

Changing your name and gender on your documentation is an important step. Sometimes dealing with the legal paperwork may be frustrating. Hopefully, the information provided here can relieve some of that frustration.

Oregon Driver's License / Identification

Oregon only requires a letter stating that either you have had surgery or you are living full-time. For the first case, the letter can be from "any physician." For the latter case the letter must be from a qualified therapist.

The following list was obtained from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.

"The following is a list of qualified therapists as required in this procedure. These therapists qualify because they follow the Harry Benjamin Standard of Care as defined by the Harry S. Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association Standards of Care."

Genny Bimslager, LCSW
P.O. Box 842
Portland, OR 97207
Phone: 503-235-5312
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Jeanine S.A. Collier, M.D.
P.O. Box 1562
Clackamas, OR 97015
Phone: 503-658-3729
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Claudia Johnson, M.S.
4370 NE Halsey St.
Portland, OR 97213
Phone: 503-478-0667
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Terrie Lyons, Ph.D.
1618 SW 1st, #207
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-221-8764
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Betty A. Merten, Ph.D.
1619 East 43rd.
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: 541-344-3350
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Julie O'Donnell, LCSW
3101 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-241-7002
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Connie O'Riley, Ph.D.
12250 SW 2nd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: 503-644-4669
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Brandt Rigby, MSW
3101 SW First Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-920-5020
Last Update: 04/23/2001

Stephen Schweitzer, Ph.D.
1374 Willamette St., #7
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-484-5694
Last Update: 09/01/2001

B.J. Seymour, ACSW
1405 SW Park Ave. #34
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-228-2472
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Bart Walsh, LCSW
5719 SW Corbett
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-697-7015
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Network Community Counselling
525 NE Oregon, Suite 220
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-238-5255
Last Update: 09/01/2001

Oregon Birth Certificate

From the Oregon Revised Statutes, Chapter 432.235, Amendment of certificate or report.

"(4) Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction indicating that the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure and whether such individual's name has been changed, the certificate of birth of such individual shall be amended as prescribed by rule of the state registrar."


Additional Resources

Translegalities, A Legal Guide for () Transsexuals, by Spencer Bergstedt
PMB 1070 1122 E. Pike
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-949-7469
Web Site:
Last Update: 05/26/2001
Translegalities is two books, one for Male-to-Female (MTF) and one for Female-to-Male (FTM) transsexuals. Each book covers a multitude of legal issues including insurance, driver's license, marriage, estate planning, divorce, child custody, work place issues and more. Each book is $30.00 (US).

Melinda M. Whiteway, Attorney at Law
1966 Tice Valley Boulevard Suite 241
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Phone: 925-932-5333
Web Site:
Last Update: 4/1/2001
In addition to general legal services and counseling, we specialize in documentation issues for transgender clients and personal injury litigation.

Dr. Becky Allison's Name Change Information
Web Site:

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