Birth Certificate

Changing your name/gender on your Birth Certificate:

The process for changing your name/gender on your birth certificate depends on the state or country for which you were born. Below is some information about changing your name/gender on your birth certificate if you were born in Massachusetts. Lambda Legal provides information about birth certificate changes in other states.

In Massachusetts, a person who has received appropriate medical intervention for gender transition, and has had a legal name change by a court, may have their birth record amended to reflect the newly acquired sex and name.

Name

The applicant must submit to the appropriate clerk a certified copy of the legal name change court order and can only do a name change when changing the sex marker.

Sex Designation

The applicant must provide the town clerk (in town/city of birth) with a physician’s notarized statement indicating completion appropriate medical intervention for gender transition.