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Does anyone have advice on the legal process of changing gender marker? Specifically, I am a New York City mom trying to help my trans male 15 yr old.We've done a name change, hallelujah and now moving on to handling the gender marker. I know these are very specific questions but I am getting stuck and overwhelmed as to how literally to proceed. Does anyone know or have a suggested resource I can follow.


In regards to the New York State Provider Affirmation/Affidavit of Gender Identity -is that for the person changing gender markers or the doctor to fill out?

I know I need a letter from my kids doctor saying my kid should have his gender marker changed and it needs to be notarized. Can I get the letter from my doc (signed) then take it to a notary or does everyone have to be in the same room?

How do I get a parental consent form?

I need 2 of everything right? B/c I need to send to NYC and NYS?


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You can check here for specific New York State guidelines. Typically you will need a Doctor's/therapist letter for changing the gender on your son's documentation. 




For New York City:


New York City

New York City issues birth certificates separately from New York State. To change the gender marker on a birth certificate from NYC, submit the following documents:

  1. A completed Birth Certificate Correction Application form;
  2. A signed and notarized Provider Affirmation/Affidavit of Gender Identity from one of the following US-licensed providers: Physician (MD or DO), Doctoral-level psychologist (PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology), Social worker (LMSW or LCSW), Physician assistant, Nurse practitioner, Marriage and family therapist, Mental health counselor, or Midwife;
  3. A Photocopy of current, signed, photo identification;
  4. If also applying for a name change on the birth certificate, an orginal court ordered name change; and
  5. A check or money order for $55 ($40 processing fee plus $15 fee for new certificate) made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Applications should be submitted to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Vital Records, Corrections Unit
125 Worth Street, Room 144, CN-4
New York, NY 10013
Attn: Edna Timbers

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