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    If you have undergone a sex affirmation procedure you can apply to register your sex as male, female or non-specific.

    Who can apply

    You can apply to record a change of sex if:

    • you are aged 18 years or older or are the parent/s or guardian of a child, and
    • you have undergone a sex affirmation procedure
    • your birth is registered in NSW, or
    • your birth is not registered in Australia and you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in NSW for at least one year.

    For a birth registered in NSW

    If you have undergone a sex affirmation procedure you can apply to have your new sex recorded on your 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 your birth was 'Previously registered in another name'.

    Your birth will be registered in the current year showing the new sex. Access to your original birth record is restricted by legislation. 

    For a birth registered outside Australia

    If you have undergone a sex affirmation procedure you can 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. 

    What you'll need

    You must lodge the following documents with your application:

    • Two supporting Statutory Declarations signed by two medical practitioners verifying the sex affirmation procedure.
    • At least three forms of your own identification.

    Fees 

    ​Type
    ​$AUD
    ​Recording a change sex (born in NSW)
    Includes registration and certificate
    ​$127
    Recognised details certificate (Born outside of Australia)
    Includes registration and certificate
    $127

    Identification

    You must provide proof of identification with your application. All ID must be current. If you lodge your application 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

    For births registered in NSW

    You must 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

    If born in Australia:

    • An Australian birth certificate
    2
    • Australian driver's licence
    • Australian passport
    • Firearms licence
    • Foreign passport
    • Photo ID card (motor vehicle or driver licencing authorities)
    3
    • Medicare card
    • Credit card 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 (issued within last 3 months)
    • Rates notice
    • Lease agreement

    For births not registered in Australia

    You must 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

    How to apply

    You can apply to record a change of sex by post, or in person.

    Download a Record a change of sex application [PDF 690kb]
    Download a Recognised details certificate application [PDF 840kb]
    Apply in person

    If a formal change of name is required see Change of name.

    Using your 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.