Changing your Birth Certificate

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Changing your name on your Maryland birth certificate

The Maryland Division of Vital Statistics is in charge of changing birth certificates. Please note that Maryland Division of Vital Statistics will only change your name on your birth certificate if you have gotten a legal name change (an order from a court that says your gender has been changed.) Changing your name on your birth certificate can be done in person or by mail.

You will need the following documents:

  1. letter requesting your birth certificate to be updated
  2. something that identifies you (like a driver’s license or ID, or a copy of your old birth certificate)
  3. certified copy of your name change decree from the court (Don’t have name change decree? Click here)

The fee for a new birth certificate is $24.

Have more questions about changing your birth certificate? Visit the DHMH website.

Changing your gender marker on your Maryland birth certificate

Please note that Maryland Division of Vital Statistics will only change your gender marker on your birth certificate if you have gotten a legal gender change (an order from a court that says your gender has been changed.) Changing your gender on your birth certificate can be done in person or by mail.

You will need the following documents:

  1. letter requesting your birth certificate to be updated
  2. something that identifies you (like a driver’s license or ID, or a copy of your old birth certificate)
  3. certified copy of your gender change decree from the court (Don’t have a gender change decree? Click here)

The fee for a new birth certificate is $24.

Currently, the law only requires the Division of Vital Statistics to issue an “amended” birth certificate for gender marker changes. This means that they may attach a sheet to your current birth certificate that shows your new gender identity.

Have more questions about changing your birth certificate? Visit the DHMH website.

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