New York has made it easier for transgender individuals to change their gender on their birth certificate. Under previous laws, the state of New York required that transgender individuals to provide proof of sex-reassignment surgery to change their name on their birth certificate.
However, many transgender individuals choose not to undergo sex reassignment surgery, but still desired to change the gender in their birth certificate. New York will issue updated birth certificates once applicants provide a medical affidavit stating they have received clinical treatment.
Following a sex change, a person must file many legal changes to truly reflect his or her new identity. Such changes include getting a new birth certificate. In New York, the state will issue a new birth certificate reflecting the proper sex. To change your gender on a birth certificate in New York, there are two routes options:
Then, the applicant must submit one of the following:
Once the forms are completed, all forms must be mailed to:
New York State Department of Health
Director of Vital Records
Personal and Confidential
800 North Pearl St 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12204
If the applicant is filing while in prison, then they must submit it through the state legal system and will be reviewed by the court. If the applicant is also filing for a name change, they must also fill out separate paperwork and petition for a court order to change their name.
It is also important to check to for any fees that you must submit along with your application.
Since there are many obstacles in obtaining a correcting your birth certificate, an experienced local New York family law lawyer can aid you in the process. Additionally, a lawyer can make sure all your paperwork is up to par such that the process will not be delayed. They can also let you know what to do if your application for changing your gender has been denied, and what steps you can take next.
Last Modified: 05-20-2018 11:17 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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