Oregon law provides two methods to change a person's designated sex on their birth certificate: administratively, or by court judgment. By either method, Oregon Vital Records will change the recorded sex of a registrant (person named on an Oregon birth record) if the proper documents and fees are submitted.
For more information on the new process to change designated sex without a court order, visit our page on House Bill 2673.
A court judgment of change of sex is not required to correct a typographical error in the sex of a child. Please see the Correcting Birth Record Information page for instructions.
How to change a birth record with a court order of change of sex
Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 33.460 effective January 1, 2014 states:
A court that has jurisdiction to determine an application for change of name of a person under ORS 33.410 and 33.420 may order a legal change of sex and enter a judgment indicating the change of sex of a person if the court determines that the individual has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other treatment appropriate for that individual for the purpose of gender transition and that sexual reassignment has been completed.
The court may order a legal change of sex and enter the judgment in the same manner as that provided for a change of name of a person under ORS 33.410 and 33.420.
If a person applies for a change of name under ORS 33.410 and 33.420 at the time the person applies for a legal change of sex under this section, the court may order change of name and legal change of sex at the same time and in the same proceeding.
Once you have an original certified copy of the court order of change of sex, submit the following in person (our office location) or by mail:
Original certified copy of the court order showing the original seal and signature of the court clerk. (Our office will keep this document in a sealed file.)
If the court order changes the legal name as well as the sex of a person named on an Oregon birth certificate, send a signed statement from the person named on the record if that person is 18 or older, or from the parent requesting that the birth record name
be changed. Use the signed statement to clarify whether there are two first, middle, or last names if the court order does not specify this information about the new name. If the birth record is for a child under the age of 18, then a parent named on the birth record, the legal guardian, or the parent who has sole legal custody of the child may sign the request to change the birth certificate name.This signed request statement is not required when only submitting a change of sex by court order.
A completed birth record order form. The order form will provide the mailing address and information on how to pay the fee. If you are ordering a full image/long form certificate for a birth occurring prior to 2008, please use this full image birth record order form.
$35 amendment fee
Fees for new birth certificate copies. Short form certificates or any certificate for a birth occurring in 2008 or later is $25 for each copy. Full image/long form birth certificates are $30 for each copy.
Fees for replacement certificates. You may return one original birth certificate issued in the last year for a free replacement. If you return more than one record for replacement, there is a $5 fee per certificate.
How the birth record will be changed
Per ORS 432.245 effective January 1, 2014, changes to designated sex by court order are made by creating a new birth record. No footnote documenting the change in sex will be added to the new birth record. A sealed file number will be added, and all documents related to change of sex will be placed in the sealed file. If a change of name is completed using the same court order, or if a name change is documented on the original birth record, it will also not be documented on the new birth record.