Beginning February 1, 2019, New Jersey will issue updated birth certificates reflecting a gender of female, male, or undesignated/non-binary, upon receipt of a signed form from the applicant. No medical documentation will be required. See the 2018 Babs Siperstein Law.
Currently, New Jersey will issue a birth certificate with an updated gender marker upon receipt of "a medical certificate from the person's licensed physician which indicates the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure." Stat. Ann. §§ 26:8-40.12. To apply for an amended birth certificate under the current law the applicant should submit:
- Application to Amend a New Jersey Vital Record, indicating the requested changes.
- If changing the gender, a Certificate of Sex Reassignment via Surgical Procedure Form, or a notarized affidavit, completed by a physician indicating that the individual has undergone surgical procedures to change gender.
- If changing the name, a certified copy of the court ordered name change.
- A copy of the original birth certificate.
- A copy of the identification card of the applicant.
- A check/money order for the applicable fees payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey ($25 for the first copy plus $2 for each additional copy).
Send the application to:
New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration
Attn: Vital Record Modification Unit
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
The amended birth certificate will not be marked as amended and the original will be placed under seal.
Court Order for Gender Change
If you are a New Jersey resident but you were born in another state that requires a court order to update a birth certificate, beginning February 1, 2019 the courts in New Jersey have the authority to issue a court order to reflect a change in gender. You will need to submit to the court a statement affirming under penalty of perjury that the request for a declaration of (female, male, or undesignated/non-binary) gender is to conform with your gender identity and not for any fraudulent prupose. See the 2018 Babs Siperstein Law.