LOS ANGELES: She proclaimed her new name on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, but Caitlyn Jenner’s transition from her old identity as Bruce Jenner is finally official.
A judge on Friday approved Jenner’s request to formally change her name and gender, marking another milestone in the Olympic gold medallist’s public transition as a transgender woman.
Jenner, 65, sought the change “to better match my identity,” according to court filings she submitted earlier this month.
Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg granted the petition during a brief hearing. Jenner did not attend but was represented by two lawyers.
The approval means Jenner’s new name will be Caitlyn Marie Jenner, replacing her birth name of William Bruce Jenner. She will now be able to get documents including a driver’s licence and Social Security card that conform to her new identity.
Jenner publicly transitioned to a woman in recent months after revealing her intentions to journalist Diane Sawyer in a televised special and debuting her new name and look on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.
Some details that accompanied her petition to legally change her name and gender were redacted after Jenner cited privacy concerns and threats she says she has received during her transition.
“Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm,” Jenner wrote in a sworn declaration.
A background check is needed to legally change one’s name, and Jenner also had to submit a medical declaration, both of which were filed under seal.
Jenner won a gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics and was married to Kris Jenner, mother to the Kardashian sisters, for more than 20 years. The pair had two daughters together, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner appeared on their reality series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and has documented her transition on her own TV series, I Am Cait.
Los Angeles prosecutors are still considering whether to file a criminal case against Jenner over a February traffic collision on the Pacific Coast Highway that left a woman dead.
Jenner’s sport utility vehicle crashed into two cars February 7, pushing a car driven by Kim Howe into oncoming traffic. Howe, 69, died after her vehicle was struck by a Hummer, and her stepchildren are suing Jenner for wrongful death.
Sheriff’s investigators determined Jenner was travelling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions, and there was enough evidence to support a charge of vehicular manslaughter, the department said last month.