Bill Allows N.J. Transgender Residents to Change Gender on Birth and Death Certificates

Last Edited: Jul 04, 2018 2:30 PM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a measure to make it easier for transgender residents to change their gender on their birth certificates.

Murphy signed the law on Tuesday, July 3rd, which allows the registrar to amend certificates based on how people identify themselves — as male, female, or undesignated.

The previous law only allowed birth certificate changes if a doctor certified that a person’s gender was surgically changed.

Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed the legislation citing he wanted tighter safeguards for birth certificate changes.

Murphy also signed legislation permitting gender identity to be listed on death certificates.


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