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Massachusetts law was amended effective August 1, 2015, so that a person can request an amended birth certificate after “completion of medical intervention for the purpose of permanent sex reassignment.” Previously, the law had required the completion of “sex reassignment surgery.”  The new law is St. 2015, c.46, s.64, amending MGL c.46, s.13(e).

Information on the procedure for requesting an amended birth certificate is available at Amendments to Birth Certificates following Completion of Medical Intervention for the purpose of Permanent Sex Reassignment from the Registry of Vital Records.

If a person would like the birth certificate to include a new name, they must  “furnish a certified copy of the legal change of name.” Information on the legal process to change a name is available at the Trial Court’s Self Help: Name Changes.

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