Change your sex designation if you’re 16 or older

Apply to change your sex designation if you identify with a gender that’s different from the sex shown on your Birth Registration. When you apply to change your sex designation, you can also apply for a new Birth Certificate that shows your changed sex designation.

Use the Change of Sex Designation - 16 Years of Age or Older Form to change your sex designation.

When you apply to change your sex designation, you can also apply for a new Birth Certificate that shows your changed sex designation.

Eligibility

You need to be 16 or older and born in Nova Scotia to apply using this form.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents (including existing certificates that need to be returned to Vital Statistics).
  3. Provide a signed written statement from a professional.
  4. Include payment with your application.
  5. Send your completed application, supporting documents, written professional statement and payment by mail or fax. Or visit Vital Statistics or drop them off at Access Nova Scotia.

How long it takes

It should take 3 to 5 weeks to complete the application process. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your form hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

Activity Fee
Application $24.95
Amendments (changes) to records with change of sex 
designation (for example, Marriage Certificate or 
Domestic Partnership Certificate)
$24.95 for each 
amendment (change)

If you need an updated certificate (for example, Marriage Certificate or Domestic Partnership Certificate) that shows your change of sex designation, you need to pay the certificate fee for each updated certificate.

See all fees for Vital Statistics certificates, licences and services.

Payment options

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, debit card, cheque, money order, cash. A cheque or money order should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • both parents’ names and places of birth as shown on your Birth Registration
  • name of spouse or domestic partner and place and date of marriage or partnership, if applicable
  • written statement from you stating that you identify with the gender you request in the application
  • written statement from a doctor, psychologist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse or social worker stating that, in their opinion, the sex shown on your Birth Registration is not the gender you identify with
  • certificates issued before the change of sex designation

Application form