Gender Marker – British Columbia

Birth Certificate
In the province of British Columbia, amendments made in 2014 to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Act made it possible to change your gender marker on your birth certificate without undergoing SRS. As of November 1, 2018, there is an ‘X’ option available for birth certificates only.

The process to change your gender marker is age dependent. If you are 19 years of age or older, you must fill out the adult Application for Change of Gender Designation. If you are under 19 years of age, you must fill out the minor Application for Change of Gender Designation.

The applicant, either minor or adult, must also submit a Physician’s or Psychologist’s Confirmation of Change of Gender Designation form.

Adults must also submit the above forms along with any previously issued BC birth certificates, and the required fees, to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Minors must complete the above forms, as well as provide proof of parentage and/or copy of legal guardianship (eg. copy of parental birth certificate and/or guardianship court order). Additionally, they must provide any previously issued BC birth certificates, along with the required fees, to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

Application and Forms:

For more information about the process, please click here.

Sources: British Columbia Vital Statistics Act, British Columbia Vital Statistics AgencyChange of Gender Designation on Birth Certificates.

Driver’s Licenses and Other Identification Cards
British Columbia introduced a common gender policy in 2014, whereby surgery was not required to change an individual’s gender marker on their birth certificate; further individuals can also change their gender on their Driver’s License, BCID, Medical Services Plan client record, and BC Services Card. It is recommended that you change your birth certificate first, and then change other forms of identification.

To change your gender marker on a BCDL, BCEDL, BCID, or BCEID is relatively simple once your birth certificate has been changed. You need only visit a Driver Licensing Office with your updated birth certificate and the required identification.

For more information on this process, please click here.

Sources: British Columbia – Change Personal Information; Driver Licensing – Changing Gender.