Changing your sex designation on your birth registration and birth certificate

How to change your sex designation on your Ontario birth registration and birth certificate

The process you follow to change your sex designation will depend on your age. If you are age:  

  • 15 or under, you will apply as a child, 
  • 16 or 17, you can choose to apply as an adult or as a child, or
  • 18 or older, you will apply as an adult. 

As an adult, to change your sex designation you will need:

As a child, to change your sex designation you will need: 

Mail your documents to:

Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 3000
189 Red River Rd, 3rd Flr
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5W0

If you require a form in an alternate format or with a communication support, please contact ServiceOntario:

  • Toll-free: 1-800-461-2156
  • Toronto: 416-325-8305
  • TTY Toll-free: 1-800-268-7095
  • TTY Toronto: 416-325-3408

What you need to know:

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered the Government to cease requiring transgender persons to have “transsexual surgery” in order to obtain a change of sex designation on their birth registration.  In accordance with the Tribunal’s order, the criteria for changing sex designation on a birth registration have been revised and there is no longer a requirement for “transsexual surgery”. 

Delivery

6 to 8 weeks to complete the amendment and issue your new birth certificate by mail.

Cost

  • changing your sex designation: $37
  • a birth certificate (short form): $25
  • a certified copy of your birth registration (long form): $35

How to

Updated: December 12, 2014