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‘X’ gender identity now recognized on government ID

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‘X’ gender identity now recognized on government ID

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Ministry of Health
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Ministry of Citizens’ Services
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Ministry of Attorney General
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Media Contacts
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887
Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Communications
250 387-0172
Ministry of Attorney General
Communications
778 678-1572

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How to change gender designation on an identity document

For people born in British Columbia:

  • Submit a Change of Gender Designation Application form (VSA509a) along with a copy of the physician’s or psychologist’s confirmation form (VSA 510p) to the Vital Statistics Agency.
  • Upon request, the Vital Statistics Agency will issue a birth certificate that reflects the new gender marker. There is a cost associated with getting a new birth certificate.
  • Next, the person can send a copy of the new birth certificate to Health Insurance B.C. (HIBC) to allow them to update their system.
  • HIBC will send a letter when the update has been completed and direct them to an Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) counter where they can have their driver’s licence updated.

For people not born in B.C., but who are now B.C. residents:

  • Submit a BC Services Card Change of Gender Designation Application form (BCSC509a), along with a copy of the physician’s or psychologist’s confirmation form (VSA 510p) to HIBC.
  • HIBC will send a letter when the update has been completed and direct them to an ICBC counter where they can have their driver’s licence updated.
  • The Vital Statistics Agency cannot change gender designations on birth certificates from other jurisdictions. Minors’ gender-change applications also require parental consent.

As part of B.C. moving forward with a non-medical model of gender identification,  government will be reviewing the requirements for supporting documentation from health-care practitioners.

 

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