Simple Method for Changing Gender on Birth Certificate
If you're transgender, it's important to have . This includes birth certificates. But because birth certificates are vital records, they can be harder to get changed than other forms of identification. Depending on the state in which you were born, you may have to supply notarized forms or proof of surgery if you want to change your gender on your birth certificate.
Who Can Change Their Gender on Their Birth Certificate?
Different states have different requirements for who is allowed to change their gender on their birth certificate. Many states require the applicant to have had gender confirmation surgery; others require a court order or doctor's note. It can be difficult to keep track of what the requirements are per state, and the regulations are constantly changing. Some states will not issue corrected birth certificates under any circumstances. Others simply require a form and a fee.
How Long Does it Take to Change My Gender on My Birth Certificate?
Even in the states that make it simple to change the gender marker on your birth certificate, the bureaucratic process can take a few weeks. That's why it's critical to have all your paperwork in order when you apply for the change, no matter where you were born. You may also need a few weeks to receive the certificate after your order is processed.
What Documents Do I Need to Change my Gender on my Birth Certificate?
The documents you need to change the gendercertificate vary by state. In most states, you may need a court order indicating your change of gender or a doctor's note indicating that you've had gender confirmation surgery. In some states, this doctor's note has to be notarized as well.
Even if you don't need those in your state, you'll need:
- An application form and filing fee
- A copy of your updated identification (such as your driver's license or passport)
- A certified copy of your legal name change order (if you've changed your name)
How to Change Your Gender on Your Birth Certificate On Your Own
The process of varies greatly by state. In some states, it's a matter of filling out a form and paying a filing fee. In others, a court order and/or a note from a doctor confirming that you've had gender affirmation surgery is a requirement.
Here is a list of state requirements:
|States that do not allow requests for changing gender on birth certificates (yet)||Kansas
|States that require gender reassignment surgery to have been completed before the request for change of gender on a birth certificate||Alabama
|States that require a notarized affidavit from a doctor confirming that a person had a sex change operation||Alaska
|States that require a signed court order on gender reassignment||Alabama
|States that require BOTH a signed court order on gender reassignment and a statement from a doctor||Georgia
Regardless of the state that issued your birth certificate, there are a few things to keep in mind when changing your gender on your birth certificate. Because birth certificates are considered "vital documents," it's generally more difficult to get a birth certificate amended than it is to get other forms of identification fixed. This means that no matter why you want to amend your birth certificate, you'll need to be able to prove your identity.
How to Get Copies of Your Birth Certificate with an Updated Gender with DoNotPay
After you change the gender on your birth certificate, you'll need updated copies of it. If you want to order/get a birth certificate copy with your updated gender but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 8 easy steps:
- Go to the Birth Certificates product on DoNotPay.
- Select who the certificate is for (you or a loved one). If you are requesting a copy of someone else's certificate, enter their personal details, and upload evidence that proves your relationship.
- Enter the location you or your loved one was born in, so we can complete the form specific to your state.
- Enter the name(s) of the parent(s) as displayed on the certificate.
- Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
- Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
- If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail in your request form with a check on your behalf.
And that's all! Your birth certificate copy request will be sent and on its way, ready to get you copies of your birth certificate with the gender corrected. You should hear back within a few weeks with updates once your request has been processed.
Why You Should Use DoNotPay to Change Your Gender on Your Birth Certificate
- Quick - with DoNotPay, you can do in minutes things that would take you hours to do on your own.
- Easy - DoNotPay makes the process of updating your birth certificate as easy as possible, and you can go through the process entirely in the app
- Successful - because DoNotPay knows procedures for getting birth certificates in all 50 US states, you can be sure you're going through the right channels.
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