Amend Certificate

Change of sex

Having undergone a sex affirmation procedure, a person may apply to register their sex as Male, Female or Non-specific.

Apply to record a change of sex - born in NSW, or

Application for a recognised details certificate - born overseas.

If a formal change of name is required, a person may apply for a: Change of Name

More information

Items to be lodged

  • the applicant's Statutory Declaration and;
  • two supporting Statutory Declarations signed by two Medical Practitioners verifying the sex affirmation procedure and;
  • at least three certified forms of the applicant's identification and, payment details.

How to lodge your application

Applying by post

For a birth registered in NSW

People whose birth is registered in NSW who have undergone a sex affirmation procedure may apply to have their new sex recorded on their Birth Certificate. The new Birth Certificate will not disclose that a sex change has taken place.

If you have changed your name since your birth was first registered, an endorsement will appear on the new certificate stating that your birth was 'Previously registered in another name'.

Your birth record will be re-registered in the current year showing the new sex.

Access to your original birth record is restricted by legislation.

To alter the birth register to record a change of sex, you must be: 

  • aged 18 years or older or be the parents of a child (or a parent if the applicant is a sole parent) or the guardian of a child and,
  • whose birth is registered in NSW,
  • who has undergone a sex affirmation procedure,
  • who is not married.

Identification List - Birth registered in NSW

Please provide at least three forms of ID, from the list below (one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3 or 4) with your application.

  • If you are unable to provide ID from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from Category 3.
  • One form of identification must show your current residential address.
Category Identification Documents
1
  • An Australian Birth Certificate
2
  • Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Photo ID Card from motor vehicle or driver licensing authorities
3
  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
4
  • Recent utility account with current residential address
  • Rates Notice
  • Lease Agreement

For a birth registered outside Australia

People whose birth is not registered in Australia and who are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia and who live and have lived for at least one year in NSW, who have undergone a sex affirmation procedure may apply to register a change of sex.

Once a change of sex is registered a Recognised Details Certificate can be issued. The recognised details certificate will record your new sex and current name.

To register a change of sex, you must be:

  • aged 18 years or older or be the parents of a child (or a parent if the applicant is a sole parent) or the guardian of a child and,
  • whose birth is not registered in Australia,
  • who is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia,
  • who lives and has lived for at least one year in NSW,
  • who has undergone a sex affirmation procedure,
  • who is not married.

Identification List - birth not registered in Australia

Please provide at least four forms of ID from the list below with your application.

  • At least one form of ID must be provided from each category in the table below.
  • If your Category 1 document does not include your place of birth, you must also provide a passport or full birth certificate containing this information.
  • At least one form of ID must contain your current residential address.
  • Your Category 4 document must show that you have resided in NSW for the past 12 months.
Category Identification Documents
1
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • New Zealand Citizenship Certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand Birth Certificate
2
  • Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Firearms Licence
  • Foreign Passport
  • Photo ID Card from motor vehicle or driver licensing authorities
3
  • Medicare Card
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
  • Security/Crowd Control Licence
  • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
4
  • Recent utility account with current residential address
  • Utility account dated more than 12 months prior to this application
  • Rates Notice
  • Lease Agreement

Identification requirements (ID) 

You must provide proof of identification with your application. All identification must be current.

If your application is lodged by mail, photocopies of ID are accepted, but must be certified by a qualified witness as being true copies of the originals. A qualified witness is a:

  • Justice of the Peace,
  • Legal practitioner (holding a current Practising Certificate),
  • A person authorised to administer an oath under Section 26 of the Oaths Act 1900,
  • Notary Public.

Declarations from Medical Practioners

Your application to record a change of sex or to register a change of sex must be accompanied by statutory declarations from 2 Medical Practitioners who are registered in Australia, confirming that the sex affirmation procedure has occurred.

Using the new birth certificate

Your new birth certificate can be used in Australia.

In jurisdictions where a change of sex is not legally recognised, you cannot use your new Birth Certificate. In these jurisdictions you must tell the person relying on your certificate that your gender has been changed or use your old Birth Certificate.