SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

Change of Gender on Birth Records

Summit County Probate Court Change in Ohio Law allows Change of Gender on Birth Records. (Summit County, Ohio – July, 2021) – Due to a recent Federal court decision, birth certificates can be changed to reflect a transition in gender. This may be necessary to get travel compliant documents, including a driver’s license.  Persons wishing to make such a change can do so in Probate Court following the procedures similar to making other changes on birth certificates.  This requires an application, affidavits in support, and a filing fee. The Court may or may not hold a hearing.  Once the Court issues an order to change the gender designation on a birth certificate, a certified copy is sent to the Office of Vital Statistics which makes the change. A new birth certificate will then be available reflecting the change from male to female or vice versa.  At this time, Ohio does not recognize any other gender identification. The entire process is confidential and may be done one time. These changes can only be made to Ohio birth certificates.  People born in other states are subject to the rules of that state. Individuals should file in the Probate Court of the county of birth, the county of residence, or the county in which their mother resided at the time of birth. Those wishing to make the change should review the information under the Blue button listed as Birth Registration/Corrections on Summit County Probate Court website. If there are questions on this procedure contact the Court at (330)...

State of the Court 2021

Summit County Probate Court was open throughout the shutdowns of Covid.  Learn here how services for the public and those in need were maintained and the work of the court went on safely throughout this challenging year. Adoptions, marriage licenses, guardianships, mediations and estates continued. Probate staff assisted with Covid relief. Thousands of cards by our community were delivered to seniors isolated during this difficult time. Our partnership with Summit Metro Parks allowed for in person outdoor weddings with some restrictions again this year. Adoptions continued some on zoom and some in person. Art collaborations accelerated with Curated Courthouse. The Senior Summit, though cancelled in 2020 was set to happen virtually in May 2021 free to all. This and much more in the 2021 State of the...

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Probate Documents Replaced

Probate documents replaced free of charge for victims of area floods Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer is offering free replacement of legal documents that may have been lost during flooding in Summit County.   This includes areas in Barberton, Clinton and others that were particularly hard hit and may have had their basements or storage flooded. Probate documents that are available for free replacement include marriage certificates, adoption papers, letters of authority and name change judgements, among other documents.  If you have any questions, please call the Probate Court at 330-643-2350.  Court hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Proof of residency...