Being Your Authentic Self on Facebook
We understand that changing your name can be a challenging process for transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer and non-binary people. You can use your authentic name, the name you go by in everyday life, to update information like your bio, personal account, payment info, and to update your gender identity on Facebook.
Please note that updating your name in some places on Facebook may require you to submit one or more documents with your authentic name.
Gender identity and personal pronouns aren't required on Facebook, but if you add them to your account, note that:
- When Facebook contacts you, we'll only refer to you by the name on your Facebook account. This will appear as the name listed in your General Account Settings.
- Pronouns are not an option made available to advertisers in ads tools.
- You can, but aren’t required to, add or update your gender identity in your About settings.
- If you connect your Facebook account to a third-party app or website, the app or website may ask if you want to share your name.
For more information about changing your name and gender on government IDs in a US state, visit the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Verifying your identity
You may be asked to upload documents with your name to start or continue using features like Marketplace or Dating on Facebook. You can upload a government ID or something else from our ID list (example: mail, membership card) that shows your legal or authentic name.
Why Facebook may ask you to upload an ID
How to upload an ID to Facebook
Types of IDs that Facebook accepts
What happens to your ID after you send it to Facebook
How do I review settings related to my ID being stored on Facebook?
Updating your profile information
You can update your name, nickname and gender that appear on your Facebook profile. If you have a verified account, you may need to provide a government ID or something else from our ID list that shows your legal or authentic name.
What names are allowed on Facebook?
How to change your name on Facebook
Reasons why you can't change your name on Facebook
Rejected name when creating a Facebook account
How you can add another name (example: nickname, maiden name) to your Facebook account
Edit a language-specific name on Facebook
What you can do if you have one name instead of a first and last name
Which name to use on Facebook when you're in the process of changing your name
How do I add a pronunciation guide to my name on Facebook?
Staying safe on Facebook
If you’re experiencing bullying or harassment on Facebook, you can take steps to stop seeing unwanted comments and messages and report offensive content you see. Learn more about how to report abusive content and spam on Facebook.
How to block someone's profile on Facebook
How can I stay safe on Facebook and what safety resources are available to me?
What should I do if I'm being bullied, harassed or attacked by someone on Facebook?
What should I do if someone dares or challenges me on Facebook to do something I’m not comfortable with?
What should I do if someone is asking me to share a nude or sexual picture of myself on Facebook, or is threatening to share a photo that I already sent?
A relationship on Facebook is making me uncomfortable. What should I do?
What to do when someone is controlling or monitoring your Facebook account
What should I do if I see images on Facebook of a child being physically abused or sexually exploited?
What should I do if someone posts something on Facebook related to human trafficking?
What is the Facebook Safety Advisory Board and what does this board do?
If you've connected Meta Pay to your Facebook account, you'll need to update your payment information on Facebook to reflect your authentic name.
How do I get started with Meta Pay?
How do I connect Meta Pay across Instagram and Facebook?
Meta Pay ID requests