Changing Your Sex Designation


Disclaimer: The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador cannot guarantee that a birth certificate with a gender marker “x” will be accepted by authorities in other organizations.

Who May Apply

The Applicant must be:

  • Born in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 16 (sixteen years of age) or older or;
  • a parent or anyone having legal guardianship if the individual is under 16 years of age, with:
    • Consent of other parent or legal guardian; and consent from individuals 12 to 15 years.


There is no fee required to apply for a change of sex designation. If you require an official copy of the updated document the following fees apply.

Change of Sex designation – no fee
New Birth Certificate – $35.00, or $30.00 online

Documentation Required

Applicants must provide:

  • An application for a change of sex designation completed by the individual requesting the change, or their parent(s)/guardian(s) if the individual is under the age of 16.
  • A written and notarized statement from the applicant, or parent(s)/guardian(s) if the applicant is under the age of 16, that the applicant/child has assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the change requested.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 16, written consent from a prescribed professional that affirms they have treated, evaluated or consulted with the applicant/child and the applicant’s/child’s request is consistent with the sex designation with which the applicant/child identifies.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 12 a statement from one additional health professional is required.
  • Where the applicant is under 16 and where original court orders to dispense with consent and/or guardianship have been issued, such orders are to be included with the application. (Section 2.1 of Change of Sex Designation – Under 16 Years of Age (693 KB)
  • If documents submitted with the application are in a language other than English or French, the applicant must submit an official translation from a certified translator.
  • Download the application form for applicants 16 years of age or older here (693 KB).
  • Download the application form for applicants under 16 here (690 KB).
  • All short and long form birth certificates in the applicant’s possession issued prior to the change of sex designation must be returned to Vital Statistics Division, as they will no longer be valid.

How to Apply

In person:

Service NL
Vital Statistics Division
149 Smallwood Drive
Mount Pearl, NL A1B 4J6

By mail addressed to:

“Confidential Services”
Vital Statistics Division
P. O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6


Telephone: 709-729-3313

Privacy Notice

The Vital Statistics Division collects personal information relating to births, deaths, marriages, adoptions and legal name changes,under the authority of the following legislation: Vital Statistics Act, 2009; Marriage Act; Change of Name Act, 2009; Adoption Act,2013; Children’s Law Act. Personal information collected by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is protected under theAccess to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. For more information please call (709) 729-3313.

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