As awareness of transgender people has increased over the past decade, the processes to legally change one’s sex on their birth certificate has also changed. Amending the designated sex on a birth certificate is often an important step for a transgender person to ensure it matches their designated sex on other legal documents, driver’s license, and so on.
However, the process to get a birth certificate with the correct sex can be a difficult and lengthy procedure. Fortunately, several states have made the process relatively easy. All an individual has to do is fill out an application to change their birth certificate and submit notarized documentation from their doctor stating they have received treatment to live their life in a manner which is consistent with the gender they identify with. In other words, there is no need to undergo hormone treatments or reassignment surgery.
The states that have provided this relaxed process include:
In some states, this could also require submitting the application through a court of law and waiting for a court date to appear in front of a judge. During their court hearing, they must submit documentation to the court to prove they have received the surgery. In many cases, it can be beneficial to retain the services of an attorney to ensure all requirements are met and to avoid further delays.
Please keep in mind, the processes in these states could have varied since the writing of this blog segment. As such, it is highly recommended that you contact your state’s registry office to find out the exact processes and procedures for changing your designated sex on your birth certificate.
Now the bad news: If you were born in Tennessee, Ohio, or Idaho, changing the gender is not allowed. In Tennessee and Idaho, a person is allowed to change their name—just not their gender. In Ohio, things are a bit more complex. The state does prohibit updating the sex on a birth certificate. However, in the past, they would allow a person to change their sex if they had a court order from another state, but now the state’s Department of Health is simply refusing to do so.
Now for even worse news: Kansas’ Division of Vital Statistics has recently stated they have no authority to change the sex on birth certificates, even though there is a law that allows for a person to change their sex with the appropriate documentation.
Hopefully, in the not-so-distant-future, other states will get on board and make the processes easier, like the 10 states and District of Columbia. If you need a copy of your original birth certificate, remember the quick and hassle-free way to get it is by ordering it online through FastBirthCerticates.com!