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Legally Changing Your Gender on a Georgia Birth Certificate

Posted on: May 17th, 2022

Despite its conservative reputation, Georgia has a liberal policy for changing one’s gender marker on birth certificates and other vital records. According to section § 31-10-23(e), a person’s gender marker can be amended on his/her/their birth certificate, “Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order indicating the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure.” If you have not undergone surgery, but are undergoing hormone therapy, you may still be eligible to change the gender marker on your birth certificate.

Transgender sex change

To change your gender marker, individuals need to file a petition to amend your birth certificate with the Superior Court in their home county. The petition must include a Verification that all of the information in the petition is accurate, the aforementioned letter from a physician, and a copy of their name change order.

Once the petition is filed, the judge may issue a Final Order granting the gender marker change without a court appearance. Some judges in Georgia might require an applicant to appear in court.

Once a Final Order has been issued approving the gender marker change, the Georgia Office of Vital Records will update the gender marker on your birth certificate.

 

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