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Correcting or Amending a Birth Certificate After a Sex Change/Reassignment

A sex change/reassignment is defined as changing the sex listed on the person’s birth certificate to female, male, or nonbinary to match the person’s sex identity.

Though this change only requires the registrant’s self-attestation, a court order is required to change the name.


Note: A sex change/reassignment is not the same as a sex field correction.  A sex field error correction is completed to correct a clerical error made by the hospital or Local Registrar at the time the sex information was entered on the birth certificate, (i.e., entering female for male, or male for female).


An Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form must be submitted to change the sex listed on the birth certificate to match the person’s sex identity.  The name may be changed on the same VS 24 form, however a certified court order name change is required.  The VS 24 form must:

  • List the “Reason for Correction (field 11) as: To match the sex specified on my birth certificate to my sex identity and not for any fraudulent purposes.
  • Contain the registrant’s signature and information in the Affidavit and Signatures Section. Two signatures are not required.
  • List applicable court order information in the “Reason for Correction” (field 11), if the name is being changed with a court order. 

Note: If the sex field is being changed with a court order and the registrant is unavailable to sign, then two people with knowledge of the facts must complete the Affidavit and Signatures Section. 

To change the name on the birth certificate while changing sex, a certified copy of the court order changing name must be submitted.

For additional information please see the informational pamphlet:

Certified Court Order

A “certified” copy of the court order must be a copy of the order that was originally prepared by the court and signed by the judge.  It cannot be an original printout.  The photocopy you receive from the court must have all of the following:

  • An original court seal
  • A signature (or signature stamp) of the judge
  • An original signature (or signature stamp) of the court clerk

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are used to support the information being amended.  Acceptable documents include copies of the following:

  • Vital Records (birth, death, marriage)
  • Any other documents that support the request for the amendment
  • A certified name change order is required to change the name listed on the birth certificate.

Sworn Statement

A notarized Sworn Statement, completed by an authorized person, is required to receive a certified authorized copy of the amended certificate.  Please visit the Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy webpage for a list of authorized persons.

Certificate Fees

  • Sex Change/Reassignments require a twenty-three dollar ($23) fee to process, which includes one certified copy of the new certificate
  • Additional copies are twenty-five dollars ($25) each
  • *EFFECTIVE January 01, 2022* The amendment registration fee will increase to twenty-six dollars ($26), which includes one certified copy of the new birth certificate. The fee for each additional copy will increase to twenty-nine dollars ($29) per copy. 

Processing Times

Please refer to the Processing Times webpage for current processing times.

Helpful Tips

  • Complete all documents in black ink
  • No erasures, alterations or whiteouts are allowed on the VS 24 form
  • This form will assist in creating the new birth certificate

Helpful Links

Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form

Amendment Sworn Statements (English) (PDF) (Spanish) (PDF)

Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record (PDF) pamphlet

(Español) Declaración Jurada para Enmendar un Registro de Nacimiento (PDF)

Directory of County Vital Record Offices

Other Amendment Types

General Birth Amendment

Court Order Name Change

Court Ordered Name and Gender Change

Correcting a Sex Field Error

Adoption

Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage

Adjudication of Facts of Parentage

Death/Fetal Death

Marriage

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