Gender Marker – Northwest Territories

Birth Certificate

If you were born in the NWT, it is no longer required that you undergo GRS in order to change your gender marker on your birth certificate. The process for changing your gender marker is age-dependent.

All individuals are now able to choose the gender designation of ‘X’ on the appropriate form. For more information about the process, please see below or visit the GNWT website.

Age 19 and Over
In order to change your gender marker if you are age 19 or over, you must:

  1. Complete the Change of Sex Designation 19 Years of Age or Older formand
  2. Return all previously issued original birth certificates; and
  3. Complete an Application for Certificate of Birth/Marriage/Deathand
  4. Include payment for the change to your birth registration and for a new birth certificate.

Section 3 of the Change of Sex Designation form requires a written statement from a person 19 years of age or older who has known the applicant for at least one year. It must be sworn to (or affirmed by) a Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace, or Notary Public.

16 to 18 Years of Age and Living Independently of Your Parents
If you are between 16 and 18 years of age and living independently of your parents, you must:

  1. Complete the Change of Sex Designation 16 – 18 Years of Age, Independent Minor formand
  2. Return all previously issued original birth certificates; and
  3. Complete an Application for Certificate of Birth/Marriage/Deathand
  4. Include payment for the change to your birth registration and for a new birth certificate.

Section 3 of the Change of Sex Designation form requires a written statement from a person 19 years of age or older who has known the applicant for at least one year. It must be sworn to (or affirmed by) a Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace, or Notary Public.

Section 4 requires a statement from a designated professional (physician, psychologist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or registered social worker) who is lawfully practicing their profession (they may be within or without the NWT).

Under 19 Years of Age
If you are under 19 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must apply on your behalf. They are required to:

  1. Complete the Change of Sex Designation Under 19 Years of Age formand
  2. Return all previously issued original birth certificates; and
  3. Complete an Application for Certificate of Birth/Marriage/Deathand
  4. Include payment for the change to your birth registration and for a new birth certificate.

Section 3 of the Change of Sex Designation form requires a written statement from the applicant, sworn to (or affirmed by) a Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace, or Notary Public.

Section 4 requires the Consent of the Other Parent or Legal Guardian. If this consent cannot be obtained, Section 5 must be filled out (Request for Waiver/Statutory Declaration), and sworn to (or affirmed by) a Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace, or Notary Public.

Section 6 requires a statement from a designated professional (physician, psychologist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or registered social worker) who is lawfully practicing their profession (they may be within or without the NWT).

Driver’s License and General ID Card

To change your gender on your driver’s license or GIC, you must fill out the Driver License Application form provided by the Department of Infrastructure. You may select ‘M’, ‘F’, or ‘X’ as your gender.

For driver’s licenses, you may renew or apply online or in person. For GICs, you may apply in person.

Sources: NWT – Changing Sex DesignationNWT “X” Gender Announcement; Department of Infrastructure – Licenses and GICs.