The Department of Health has announced that beginning Jan. 27, people will be allowed to change their sex designation on Washington birth certificates to “X,” adding a third option to birth certificates.
Things to know about the new rule:
- The rule adds “X” as an approved sex designation as an option.
- Adults making a request no longer require medical attestation.
- The list of licensed health care professionals who can attest to the gender change for minors is expanded, including:
- Advanced social workers
- Independent clinical social workers
- Marriage and family therapists
- Mental health counselors
- Minors must have a written consent of their parent or legal guardian and an attestation by a licensed health care professional to change their sex designation.
Under the new section (WAC 246 – 490-075) of the current Washington Administrative Code 246 – 490, requirements have been set for those who want to change their sex designation to male, female or “X.” For more information, visit the Birth Certificate Gender Change Rule Making webpage.