TRENTON, N.J. — Residents in the State of New Jersey may now officially apply to amend their birth certificate to correspond to their “gender identity” rather than their birth sex after a new law took effect on Friday. The accommodation also allows residents to select a third option of “undesignated/nonbinary.”
The New Jersey Department of Health has posted information about the law on its website, characterizing the bill that was signed in July by Gov. Phil Murphy as being “landmark legislation.”
As previously reported, Murphy, a Democrat, similarly called the signing of the bill, then known as S.B. 478 or the “Babs Siperstein Law”, an “important day for New Jersey as we continue to strive toward equality for all of our residents, regardless of sex or gender expression.”
“Allowing vital records to match gender identity is an important step forward that will allow transgender individuals to control the disclosure of their transgender status,” he remarked.
The law instructs that the “State registrar shall issue an amended certificate of birth to a person born in this State who requests an amended certificate of birth which shows the gender and, if applicable, the name of the person as it has been changed.”
It eliminates the requirement to present any documentation from the person’s physician that they have undergone a surgical procedure. Applicants may simply sign an attestation that the application is solely to “conform my legal gender to my gender identity and is not for any fraudulent purpose.”
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