U. S. States and Canadian Provinces:
Instructions For Changing Name And Sex
On Birth Certificate
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There is an updated website, current as of April 2015,
maintained by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE),
which lists the information to change name, drivers license,
and birth certificate for all US States and Territories
(unfortunately not for Canadian provinces). http://www.transequality.org/documents
For information on legal name change, please see the information
compiled by Andrea James on Transsexual Roadmap.
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e an amended birth certificate, but the item(s) amended are not designated.
You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon, and an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change.
Debra M. Fulton
Nebraska (update 2015)
Nebraska will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon (on official stationery with license number) stating that he/she has “performed surgery that has permanently and irreversibly changed a person’s sex from” male to female or female to male. The surgeon's signature must be notarized.
If the original birth certificate does not contain the parents' Date of Birth and City and State of Birth, that information will need to be provided as well. You will also need an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change. Additionally, the person must also complete a NE birth certificate amendment form HHS-81, available here:
These forms must be submitted with a copy of the name change court order, a $16 processing fee, a $17 fee for a copy of the new birth certificate (if desired), a copy of their current ID (which does not need to have the changed name or gender marker), and a stamped self-addressed envelope, to the address on the amendment form:
Vital Records Office
Nevada will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon, and an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change..
New Brunswick/Nova Scotia
The following information is current as of March 2002, according to my sources:
I live in New Brunswick, Canada, I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada.
First I had to visit the Vital Statistics New Brunswick office on-line to change my name:
They have all the info and you can order the 'kit' on-line. I was asked to provide a letter from a therapist as to verify the nature of my request. I also had to provide an original 'long-form' birth certificate, because I was born out of province. I ordered that on-line from this site:
It cost $25 and was delivered promptly.
After all that, and $100 later to PNB, I got my 'Change of Name' certificate.
Then you go back to the PNS (Province of Nova Scotia) site. In order to change name and sex, you will need to supply this Change of Name certificate, a letter from your SRS surgeon, and a letter from another physician who has examined you post op.
New Hampshire will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
New Hampshire now requires a document of a court-ordered legal sex change....just a surgeon's letter is not enough. They made this change in Nov 2001.
NH State Vital Records Code 7007.03(e)
You will also need an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change.
Ms. Karen Grady
New Jersey(update 2005)
New Jersey will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
Previous Update, June 2005:
Updated New Jersey information as of November 2002:
State of New Jersey
Mr. Don Lipira
New Mexico (update 2010)
New Mexico will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one. The old information will be "sealed" and cannot be opened without a court order.
You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon, and an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change.
You will also need this Birth Search Application form completed : http://www.vitalrecordsnm.org/Forms/birthsearchapp.pdf
The fees are $10.00 for changing the information, and another $10.00 for a new certificate.
Vital Records and Health Statistics Bureau
New York City (update 2013)
New York City has its own separate Bureau of Vital Statistics. New York City will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
You will need:
Edna Timbers, Deputy Director, NYC Depatment of Health
New York State (Update 2014)
New York State will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate.
New York State will now issue a corrected birth certificate after receiving an affidavit from a licensed medical provider stating that a transgender individual has received appropriate clinical treatment. This does not specify surgical treatment.
State of New York
Mr. Peter Carucci
Updated information October 2013 for New York State:
It turns out that NYS has two different forms of birth certificate:
(i) a regular "Certificate of Birth" that contains your name, sex, date of birth, time of birth, county/city/town of birth, parent's names, ages and social security numbers, mother's maiden name and address at the date of birth, whether this was a twin birth, etc.
(ii) a much shorter "Certification of Birth" that the Dept of Vital Stats internally calls the "wallet size", which only contains your name, sex, county/city/town of birth, and date of birth.
The "wallet size" is available by simply asking for the "wallet size" (it costs the same $15 as the long form) when ordering. The wallet size does not serve as a legally valid birth certificate if it does not include the names of both parents.
North Carolina will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate rather than amend the old one.
You will need an original notarized letter from your SRS surgeon, and a certified copy of the court order for your name change. The processing fee for the preparation of a new birth certificate is $15.00. There is an additional $15.00 to obtain one certified copy of the new record. Each additional copy is $5.00.
Ms. Vickie Pearce
North Dakota will issue an amended birth certificate. You will need an original or certified copy of the court order for the name change, and an original letter from your SRS surgeon.
Mrs. Beverly R. Wittman
Nova Scotia: see New Brunswick
Ohio will NOT change sex on the birth certificate. There was some question whether Ohio will even change the name, but latest information tells me that name change can be done through the Division of Vital Records with a court order. This, however, does not amend the original birth certificate. An "abstract copy" will be created with a court order, and if you request by name this "abstract copy" you will receive an attached statement with your new name.
You may, however, be able to have the sex designation on your Ohio driver's license changed. See link below, thanks to TransOhio and Equality Ohio:
Oklahoma (update 2011)
We have conflicting information from Oklahoma. Please read this message recently (March 2011) received and compare it with the information below it. I am not sure if this depends on the person you come in contact with or if it has recently changed again.
At the present time, the Oklahoma State Department of Health does not have the statutory authority to amend a birth certificate to modify the gender. A bill was introduced in the Oklahoma State Legislature in 2011 to give the Oklahoma State Department of Health the authority to amend a birth certificate to modify gender, but that provision in the bill was defeated.
Oklahoma will issue an amended birth certificate. You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon.
Information as of 2007 is that Oklahoma issues a two page certificate, with the "amendment" page on top, and the original page unamended on the bottom.
What you need to send:
1. Notarized statement from the SRS physician who completed the SRS surgery
If you have questions, contact: Lucinda (405) 271-5615 at the Oklahoma Office of Vital Records.
Ontario will issue an amended certificate, changing either name or sex, and the certificate will not reveal which items were changed. The change of the sex designation on the birth registry is a separate process from the change of name. A copy of the long form of the certificate will list the original name and sex, along with the new name and new sex, plus annotations describing the changes made.
Change of Name: Contact the Registrar General’s office and request an "Application to change an adult’s name". You will need original copy of your birth certificate, a signature of a guarantor, and a signature of a commissioner. Present cost is C$137.
Change of Sex Designation: Contact the Registrar General’s office and request an "Application for Change of Sex Designation on Birth Registry" package. There are three forms to be filled in. You fill in the "Application for Change of Sex Designation on Birth Registry" form. The surgeon who conducted the transsexual surgery the "Medical Certificate of Transsexual Surgery". And another physician completes the "Medical Certificate to Substantiate Transsexual Surgery was Performed" form. The cost to have the change performed is C$37. Cost of the short form (certificate) is $C15 while the cost of the long form is C$22.
Office of the Registrar General
Oregon will change both name and sex, and will issue an amended birth certificate, without any designation of what has been amended.
Updated information as of January 2010:
Contact Oregon Vital Records at this link.
The telephone contact is (971) 673-1137.
Send a copy of the name change court order and the court order for gender change (these will not be returned to you) along with $50 to:
I would suggest that anyone planning on doing this call for the correct person as the job does move around. A good referral is the department manager, (971) 673-1178.
Pennsylvania will change both name and sex, and will issue a new birth certificate with no mention of being amended. The original birth certificate is amended and "sealed" so that it is unavailable to the public.
You will need an original letter from your SRS surgeon, and an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change. The fee is $10.00, but there is no fee for military veterans.
Mail to this address:
Vital Records, Corrections Unit
With your materials, include your date and county of birth. "Please send the certified court order change of name as well as your incorrect birth certificate. We also need a letter from your doctor stating sex reassignment surgery has occurred and you are now functioning in the newly assigned gender."
Please note that some respondents report that Pennsylvania kept their original letter from the SRS surgeon and would not return it.
In order for a person's legal gender to be reassigned, the person must be of age, unmarried, and a Canadian citizen, and have resided in Quebec for at least a year. Sex reassignment surgery must be completed. A form from the Directeur de l'état civil must be submitted along with:
Rhode Island (update 2014)
October 2014: Rhode Island no longer requires proof of surgery to change the birth certificate. A notarized statement from a healthcare provider certifying that "appropriate medical or surgical treatment" has been given. Also Rhode Island will issue a new birth certificate rather than amending the old one.
December 2010: While the information below may be correct, the staff at the Department of Vital Records recommend that you contact them directly at www.health.ri.gov for updated information.
You will need a notarized statement from the physician that performed the complete surgery. The statement must be on the official letterhead of the hospital or clinic, and must declare that the "complete" surgery was performed and state the correct sex of the patient. The statement must also include the date and place of birth of the patient. Once I receive this document, I will send you an affidavit to be signed in the presence of a notary public. You would then return the signed affidavit, along with the $30.00 fee and a photocopy of your picture ID. If there is also a legal name change involved, you would have to send us a certified copy of the court order for the legal name change.
Office open to public: Monday through Friday
State of RHODE ISLAND
There is a $20 fee for a certified copy of existing birth certificate and a $30 fee for a certified copy of new birth certificate showing a change of sex (as of 9/15/10).
The relevant legislation is the Saskatchewan Vital Statistics Act. It requires a medical certificate of completed SRS from a physician licensed in the jurisdiction where the surgery took place (or, if this cannot be obtained, other documentation as required by the director of vital statistics); a certificate signed by a second licensed physician attesting that the person was examined and found to be of the target sex; and "any other evidence the director may require." With this, the sex on a birth certificate issued in Saskatchewan may be altered. The fee is $20. See Saskatchewan Health -- Vital Statistics.
South Carolina (update 2014)
2014 changes to the South Carolina laws on Vital Records (thanks to Dylan Goldman for update):
Section 37. Legal Changes
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Mr. Murray B. Hudson, M.P.H.
South Dakota (update 2006)
Contact: Vonda Abbott, Secretary, Office of Data, Statistics, and Vital Records
Tennessee will NOT change the sex designation on the birth certificate.
Tennessee will issue an amended birth certificate with the old name visibly struck over and the new name typed above it. You will need an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change.
Texas (updated 2011)
Direct from the Amendment Specialists at the Department of Vital Statistics
The fees to file an amendment to a birth certificate are $15.00. The cost of a certified copy of the birth certificate is $22.00 for each certificate. The fees were raised in December of 2005. There are two styles of the birth certificate, a short form or abstract and a long form. The short form is printed from the computer system and will only show the new name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, and parent’s names. The long form is a photocopy of the original birth record filed with our office at the time of birth onto our certified paper that will show the amendment underneath. On the long form you will be able to see the old information and the new information and how it was changed. It is up to you which style of birth certificate you want. We will automatically issue the short form or abstract unless you specifically request the long form.
Utah (update 2011)
Utah will issue an amended certificate, changing both name and sex, and the certificate will not reveal which items were changed.
You will need original or certified copy of a court order for your name change and a court order for your change of sex designation. These court orders can be from any U.S. State or from Canada.
Mr. Barry E. Nangle
Update 2007: The Utah statute involved is 26-2-11 of the Utah Vital Statistics Act.
This Utah attorney has experience with filing for court orders and is recommended:
Vermont will issue an amended certificate, changing both name and sex.
You will need original or certified copy of a court order for your name change and a court order for your change of sex designation. The court will probably require documentation from your SRS surgeon.
Virginia will issue a new birth certificate as of 2005:
12 VAC. 5-550-320. Change of Sex.
Update 2008: If a notarized letter from the physician performing the surgery is presented, a court order may not be necessary.
Washington (Updated 2013)
Washington State will amend birth certificates to reflect name changes and gender changes. Washington State has no laws or codes regarding birth certificate changes, so there are no official requirements for Sexual Reassignment Surgery in order to change your birth certificate.
In order to change your gender marker you must fill out an Affidavit for Correction:
You can also provide a certified copy of your Name Change Order to amend your birth certificate to reflect the name change. Mail the letter, a copy of your old birth certificate, and the $20 fee to :
West Virginia will change both name and sex, and will issue an amended birth certificate with the old name struck over and the new name and sex typed in the margin.
You will need an original or certified copy of the court order for your name change, and an original letter from your SRS surgeon.
Wisconsin will change name and sex on the birth certificate. You will need a certified copy of your Court Order for Name Change as well as a certified copy of a Court Order for change of gender (two separate court orders). You will need a signed, dated, notarized letter from your surgeon confirming the date of the procedure. The surgeon should include your name, date of birth, date of surgery, type of surgery (male-to-female), and where it was performed. Finally, you will need your original birth certificate or a certified copy.
Another Wisconsin correspondent gives additional information on having your old birth cdertificate "impounded":
Write a letter addressed to: Vital Records Office, 1 West Wilson Street, Box 309, Madison, WI 53701-0309. Explain that you are transsexual and seek to amend your name and sex and have the original birth record impounded. They will send you a form called: Report of Order to Change Name & Sex on Birth Certificate Due to Surgical Sex-Change Procedure (Form F-05035). This form can be used by any state to order information on a Wisconsin birth record to be changed. Remember, your current state of residence may have their own rules as to what they are authorized to order another state to change on a birth record. You will need to check state law yourself or contact your courthouse or legal advisor.
Fill out Form F-05035 exactly as specified, making sure that you mark the box that orders the birth certificate be "Impounded and a new birth certificate shall be created for the registrant."
If your state of residence allows ordering the record to be impounded, you can get the order certified where you live (otherwise, you should see about returning to Wisconsin and doing it in person). Go to your county courthouse, where the Clerk of Court or Deputy can assist you in preparing the proper forms. It is very likely you will have to pay a fee, and it is also likely you will need to appear before a judge. The cost for the appearance will vary significantly: I paid $221 in my state.
Appear in court. You can represent yourself in court (pro se) or have a lawyer help. You should consider having a lawyer or TS friend who has been through this help you if you are uncomfortable filling out forms yourself. You will probably have to fill out a cover sheet, a complaint, and an order.
Everyone I encountered at my local courthouse, including the judge, had never done one of these before, and they process almost 20,000 cases a year. I recommend coming in with all of the necessary information. Below is the text of the Complaint and Order I wrote out on the spot, which worked fine.
Return the form imprinted with the court seal along with the appropriate fees. In 2001, the fee was $20 to create a new birth record. A certified copy was $12 for the first and $2 for each copy ordered at the same time.
RELEVANT LAW (subject to change):
Wyoming will issue an amended certificate. The certificate will specify the birth name and the birth gender, unless you can obtain a court order mandating a new certificate be created.
Proof of identity is required, along with letters from two doctors attesting that the applicant's anatomical sex has been changed. There is no fee to alter the birth record, but the old birth certificate must be surrendered and a new one ordered.
Please contact me if you have new information for this list, or any corrections.