Correcting the Gender Marker on Your NYC Birth Certificate


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Transgender people born in New York City can correct the gender marker on their birth certificates without surgery. This guide explains how to change your NYC birth certificate so that it accurately reflects who you are. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1 - The Application Form

Fill out a Birth Certificate Correction Application Form. In Section 3, write “Correct gender marker on birth certificate” in the first column (“List items to be corrected”). List the current gender marker in the second column (“Write errors as they appear on birth record”) and list your corrected sex designation in the third column (“What should it say on birth record?). Sign the form.

Step 2 - The Supporting Letter

Get a supporting letter from a doctor or other professional. The supporting letter must include the specific information listed below. Although no particular form is required, we recommend using the attached form if possible. The provider may mail the letter directly to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Or you can submit the letter with your application. You must include an original and a photocopy of the letter with your application. The original will be returned to you.

The Supporting Letter

The supporting letter can be provided by either:

  1. A doctor licensed to practice in the US; or
  2. One of these other US-licensed professionals:
    • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology
    • clinical social worker
    • master social worker
    • physician assistant
    • nurse practitioner
    • marriage and family therapist
    • mental health counselor
    • midwife

If the letter is from a doctor, it must state that, in keeping with contemporary expert standards regarding gender identity, the applicant’s requested correction of sex designation more accurately reflects the applicant’s sex or gender identity. The doctor must sign the letter.

If the letter is from a professional other than a doctor, the letter must include the same information. Additionally, the professional must state under penalty of perjury that the professional is licensed and in good standing in the US licensing jurisdiction. The letter must be signed and notarized.

We've posted a sample letter here.

Step 3 - Your ID

Make a photocopy of your signed, unexpired photo ID and include it with your application. Or bring your ID with you if you go in person. The sex listed on your ID does not matter for this correction.

Acceptable Forms of Photo ID
(must not be expired and must be signed)

  • Driver’s license and non-driver’s license ID from all states and US territories
  • IDNYC Municipal ID card
  • Public benefit card
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. employment authorization card
  • MTA reduced fare MetroCard
  • Student ID + transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers
  • Military ID card
  • Employee ID with verifiable employer + recent pay stub

Step 4 - Payment

Include payment with your application. Correcting a birth certificate costs $55 if you want one copy of your corrected birth certificate. That’s $40 for the correction and $15 for a copy of the corrected birth certificate. You can pay by check or money order made out to “NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.” If you submit the application in person, you may pay with a credit or debit card.

Step 4 - Include an Envelope

If mailing in your application, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your corrected birth certificate.

Step 5 - Name Change Considerations

If you would like to update the name on your birth certificate at the same time, include a certified copy of your name change order and write “Legal name change” and your former and current names in the appropriate boxes in Section 3 of the Birth Certificate Correction Application Form. You are not required to change your name in order to correct your birth certificate.

But if you do want to correct your name, we recommend that you do it either before or at the same time as you change your gender marker. If you change your name after changing your gender marker, your birth certificate will indicate that your name has been changed. If you change your name before or at the same time as changing your gender marker, your birth certificate will not show that you’ve changed your name.

Step 6 - Where to Mail or Bring Materials

Mail your application or bring it to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Corrections Unit
125 Worth Street, Room 144, CN-4 New York, NY 10013

Monday – Friday (except holidays)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Step 7 - Final Checklist

  1. A completed, signed Birth Certificate Application Form, including information about changing your name, if applicable
  2. One original copy and one photocopy of your supporting letter
  3. A photocopy of your signed, unexpired photo ID
  4. A check or money order for $55 made out to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (you can pay by credit or debit card if submitting your application in person)
  5. A self-addressed stamped envelope (you will receive your corrected birth certificate the same day if you submit your application in person and will not need a self-addressed stamped envelope)
  6. If you would like to correct your name at the same time, include a certified copy of the order granting your name change.

Step 8 - Contact Us

If you need additional assistance, please contact us.