Criteria under which a transgender person may amend their birth certificate
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From: Emmy Rākete
Dear Department of Internal Affairs,
Under section 28 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995, transgender applicants may make a declaration to the Family Courts seeking to have their birth certificates amended to reflect their life. However, the terms under which such a declaration will be accepted are unclear - DIA documents only state that 'some degree of permanent physical change' is required.
Given that transgender people as a population often lack the disposable income to make repeated applications to the Family Courts, I ask that the DIA clarify the terms under which it will or will not accept a declaration that a birth certificate should be amended.
From: Petar Vrecic
Department of Internal Affairs
Dear Ms Rākete,
Please see the attached letter from Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General and
General Manager, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Citizenship, Authentications
Petar Vrecic | Business Support Officer | Births, Deaths, Marriages,
Citizenship, Authentications and Translations
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
0800 22 52 52 | www.dia.govt.nz