Judge Grants Caitlyn Jenner's Request to Legally Change Name and Gender

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She can now get government documents under her new identity.

A judge has approved Caitlyn Jenner's request to make her name and gender change official.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg approved Jenner's petition to legally change her name and gender during a hearing Friday in Santa Monica, California.

The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist, who was born William Bruce Jenner, didn't attend the brief hearing. The approval means she can now get government documents, such as a driver's license and Social Security card, under her new identity.

Jenner has 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 were redacted after Jenner cited privacy concerns and threats she says she has received during her transition.

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