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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Petition for Sex Change (Gender Marker Change)

Changing your sex on your birth certificate

This page explains how to ask for a court order legally changing your sex (sometimes called a gender marker). It includes instructions on the process and links to forms below.

If the court grants your request it will sign an order legally changing your sex. You can give a copy of the order to Utah Vital Records and Statistics to change your birth certificate.

Requirements for a legal sex change

You must...

  • Have lived, for at least one year, in the county in which you will be filing your sex change petition
  • Have evidence of appropriate clinical care or treatment for gender transitioning or change by a licensed medical professional (for example, a letter from a doctor)

You cannot request a sex change...

  • While you are involved in any kind of lawsuit, or while you are on probation or parole.
  • If you are barred as a child abuse offender from changing your name. (Utah Code Section 77-43-105(7)).
  • To avoid creditors, fines, or sentences in criminal cases.
  • For an unworthy motive, or to commit fraud on the public.

Changing your name and sex at the same time

You can also ask for an order legally changing your name. In addition to the requirements above, you cannot change your name to something bizarre, unduly lengthy, ridiculous, or offensive toc common decency and good taste.

Steps to legally change your sex

Step 1 - Get a certification from the Department of Corrections

Fill out the Department of Corrections Certification Regarding Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry and Child Abuse Offender Registry form. It is available in the forms section below. Mail it and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Offender Registration Program at the address listed on the form. If you don’t include a self-addressed stamped envelope, the Offender Registration Program won’t return the form to you. It may take some time for the Offender Registration Program to complete the form and return it to you.

  • If you are on the Child Abuse Offender Registry you cannot change your sex.

Step 2 - File your papers with the court

File the following with the district court in the county you have lived in for the past year:

  • Cover Sheet for Probate Actions - PDF | Word
  • Petition for Sex Change - PDF | Word
  • Completed Department of Corrections Certification Regarding Sex and Kidnap Offender and Child Abuse Offender Registries - Adult - PDF
  • Evidence of appropriate clinical care or treatment for gender transitioning by a licensed medical professional
  • Order on Petition for Sex Change - PDF | Word

NOTE: If you want the record of your sex change sealed, you must add this request to your Petition and the Order. If you do not request this, your birth certificate will include a history that notes that your sex was changed.

Step 3 - Attend a hearing

When you file your forms with the court, the court will schedule a hearing.

If you are on the Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry, you must send a Notice of Hearing on Petitioner for Name Change to the Offender Registration Program at least 30 days before the hearing. You can mail or email the notice of hearing to:

Offender Registration Program
14717 South Minuteman Drive
Draper, UT 84020
registry@utah.gov

You must go to the hearing. At the hearing, the judge may ask you questions about your request.

If the court denies your petition you read about how to appeal the decision on your Appeals page. This can be complicated and you might want to get legal advice. See our Finding Legal Help page.

Step 4 - Present your order to Utah Vital Records and Statistics

Once the court signs the order for your sex change, you can give the order to Utah Vital Records and Statistics. You will need to give them the following:

  • Order on Petition for Sex Change signed by the court - you will need a certified copy of the order. There is a fee for this. Contact your court to get a certified copy, or ask for one at the hearing
  • Affidavit to Amend a Vital Record

Vital Records will charge a fee for the amendment. If you asked for the record in your case to be sealed, Vital Records can do this, but will charge an additional fee. You can mail your request to:

Vital Records and Statistics
PO Box 141012
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012

It may take several weeks for them to process your request. If you have questions about their requirements, you contact Vital Records.

For birth certificates issued in states other than Utah, consult the Where to Write for Vital Records page for contact information.

Fees

The court will charge a filing fee to file to process your petition. They will also charge a fee for a certified copy of the final order. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee, you can file a Motion to Waive fees to ask the court to waive that fee. See our webpages on Fees and Fee Waivers for more information and forms.

Vital Records and Statistics will also charge a fee for processing the amendment and, if you requested that your case be sealed, a fee to seal your record of amendment.

Forms

  • Department of Corrections Certification Regarding Sex and Kidnap Offender Registry and Child Abuse Offender Registry - PDF
    (Start with this)
  • Cover Sheet for Probate Actions - PDF | Word
  • Petition for Sex Change - PDF | Word
  • Notice of Hearing on Petition for Sex Change - PDF | Word
  • Order on Petition for Sex Change - PDF | Word

Related Information

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Page Last Modified: 7/8/2021
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