Louisiana will update the gender marker on a certificate of birth upon receipt of a court order certifying gender change. "The court shall require such proof as it deems necessary to be convinced that the petitioner was properly diagnosed as a transsexual or pseudo-hermaphrodite, that sex reassignment or corrective surgery has been properly performed upon the petitioner, and that as a result of such surgery and subsequent medical treatment the anatomical structure of the sex of the petitioner has been changed to a sex other than that which is stated on the original birth certificate of the petitioner."
Once the court order is approved a copy of the judgment for a new certificate will be sent to the state registrar of vital records at New Orleans within ten days. A new birth certificate shall be issued and the old one shall be kept under seal. La. R.S. 40:62.
After obtaining a court ordered gender change, to apply for an updated birth certificate applicant should submit:
- A certified copy of the court order certifying gender change
- A copy of the original birth certificate
- A copy of a driver's license or photo ID
- A check or money order for applicable fees (payable to Louisiana Vital Records)
Send application to:
Louisiana Vital Records
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Note: If you have a court order for gender change obtained outside of Louisiana, you will have to file to have the foreign judgment made executory by an apprpriate Louisiana court before Louisiana Vital Records will accept it.