Massachusetts will issue an amended birth certificate of birth upon receipt of an affidavit from the applicant and a notarized statement from a physician that “the person has completed medical intervention, appropriate for that individual, for the purpose of permanent sex reassignment and is not of the sex recorded on the record.” Mass. General Laws Ch. 46, §§ 13-E. Surgery is not required and a court order is not required. The reissued birth certificate may be marked as amended but will not specify what was amended.
To apply for an updated birth certificate an applicant should submit:
Applications may be submitted by mail or by in person to the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125
For more information or to make an appointment, telephone (617) 740-2600 or email Vital.Regulation@state.ma.us. Amendments also may be made at the Clerk’s Office in the city or town of birth. Applicants can visit the Registry of Vital Records amendments website here and review the factsheet on birth certificate gender marker amendments here.