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If you were born overseas but now live in NSW, and you've undergone a sex affirmation procedure, you can apply for a recognised details certificate which will record your new sex and current name. You can do this in person at a service centre, or by mail.


To register a change of sex, you need to be aged 18 years or older, or the parent/s of a child or the guardian of a child:

  • whose birth is not registered in Australia
  • who is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • who lives in NSW, and has lived in NSW for at least 1 year
  • who has undergone a sex affirmation procedure.

What you need

  • the Recognised Details Certificate Application – PDF form
  • your current personal and contact details
  • your personal details as registered at birth
  • the application completed by yourself and witnessed by an authorised witness
  • 2 statutory declarations completed by two medical practitioners and witnessed by an authorised witness
  • 4 certified forms of your identification, including Photo ID
  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Download, print and complete the Recognised Details Certificate Application – PDF.
  3. Make sure you have all the required documentation.
  4. Lodge your information using the details on the form.

More information

  • Certificates are sent by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages via registered post. They cannot be collected at a service centre.
  • Turnaround times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.
  • If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.

Last updated: 7 December 2022