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New York birth certificate change for transgender women
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Some women have had troubles in New York, so plan carefully!
In April 2006 a reader sent the following:
Recently I've had GRS and was able to fix my birth certificate (for legal name and sex) in New York State. I was born in Buffalo, New York and this information does not apply to those born in New York City!
The steps I had to take to change my birth certificate are as follows:
Nowhere on the NYS DOH website is there information on how to change the birth certificate for any reason. I had to email the DOH for information.
The response I received [attached as .txt file "Email Response.txt"] indicated the necessary pieces of information that I had to provide, but it didn't include the necessary application form. I replied to the email and eventually had them mail it to me since it is apparently not available online. I scanned the application and will attach it to this email as an image file. Note: Do not assume they are official, they may change. Also attached is the cover letter from the Department of Health.
The turnaround is about three months. No fees were necessary, I received the certified copy of my name change but no supporting GRS documentation.
I hope this information can help with native New Yorkers! It was a nightmare to get all the information but it's done.
I apologise for the large attachment sizes, but I wanted quality in them!
New York State law
Precedent for transsexuals
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