If you’ve changed gender or the sex is wrong on your birth certificate, the Family Court can make a declaration that the sex on your birth certificate be changed to what you say it should be. It’s free to apply to change the sex recorded on your birth certificate.
You can apply to the Family Court if:
The Family Court can make a declaration if satisfied:
You should file your application at the court nearest to where you live.
You may want to talk to a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid.
Fill in these 3 forms:
General affidavit [PDF, 38 KB] - include medical evidence and attach a copy of your original birth certificate to this form.
Once the court receives your application, it’s required to be given to Births Deaths and Marriages who can choose to get involved if your application might be affected by any potential law change or something similar.
Your application must also be given to anyone who could be affected by the granting of the application or who the court thinks might be interested in the change.
Once the people who need to know have been informed, a judge will consider your application and could ask for:
After considering your application, the judge may make the declaration that the sex on your birth certificate should be changed. The court will send a copy of the declaration to Births Deaths and Marriages. They’ll contact you about how to update your birth certificate so they can issue you another one. There’s a fee for doing this.
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