The GSBA Blog

New Rule Regarding Changes to Sex Designation on Birth Certificates

by Jason Dittmer, Director of Marketing & Communications
| Aug 23, 2017

The Washington State Department of Health filed a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry to amend Chapter 246-490 WAC, Vital Statistics.

The department will consider adopting a new rule to:

Create a “Change of Gender Designation” request form similar to the one used by the Department of Licensing.

Establish a list of medical and mental health providers who can attest to the gender change based on the scope of practice for each profession.

Add an option for a “non-binary” sex designation.

Because some people identify as neither male nor female, this rule making will consider changing sex designation to include male, female, and non-binary options when requesting a change to the sex designation listed on one’s birth certificates.

Learn more here.