Medical confirmation no longer required for gender identity changes on BC IDs – Langley Advance Times

People who want to correct their gender identity on official BC identification documents will no longer need a validation from a doctor or psychologist to make the change.

Grace Lore, BC’s Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equality, made the announcement on Friday (January 14). Lore said the change was made to build on the county’s work to remove the requirement for gender-confirmed surgery before an individual can change gender on their birth certificate.

BC also introduced an X gender marker for driver’s license, service cards and birth certificates back in November 2018.

“A person knows their gender identity best, not a doctor or psychologist,” Lore said. “We need to hear from people about who they are and that is all the affirmation we as a government need to treat people with respect and dignity,”

Applicants must submit a form requesting a change of their gender designation on their birth certificate. The form must be completed and submitted along with all previously issued birth certificates and a $ 27 fee.

Applicants under the age of 19 must provide proof of parenting or legal care to their applications.

Adrian Smith, acting director for the Catherine White Holman Wellness Center All Genders Legal Clinic, said the change was a welcome announcement for the trans community.

“The process of reflecting your rights on your ID has been quite complicated. This change will make it easier for us to display an M, an F or an X that matches who we really are. This change removes “a barrier and it shows that the government is licensed to our community. It also frees up important resources for health care by moving doctors away from filling out forms and providing health care.”


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