Costa Rica News- To date, 107 trans people have officially changed their names before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). This changes the name in the public database and registry. This is a right the community has been requesting for several years.
This is the first 107 of a total of 190 that submitted the request in January and surely many more to come. The right was made available to the LGBTI community in response to the Advisory Opinion put forth by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
It’s a simple process. Anyone interested just needs to appear at the central headquarters or regional offices of the Registry and sign an informed consent which states the modification is based on gender self-perception.
The entity later notifies the person the legal change has been applied and he or she can request a new identity document in the new name. The Court determined that no trace of the person’s old name or gender marker will be in public records.