B.C. says gender on ID cards can now be changed without doctor's confirmation

A big move today from the province for two-spirit, transgender and gender-diverse people in British Columbia. People will now be able to change the gender designations on their BC Services Card, B.C. drivers licence, B.C. ID card and birth certificate without the confirmation of a physician or psychologist.

The British Columbia government says gender markers on provincial identification cards can now be changed without the confirmation of a doctor or psychologist.

Grace Lore, parliamentary secretary for gender equity, says the change will reduce a barrier that two-spirit, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people face when trying to change their identification documents.

Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare says the change follows the introduction in 2018 of “X” as a third, non-specific gender option for government identification.

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B.C.’s gender equity office and the ministries of Health and Citizens’ Services say in a statement that the change also follows the earlier removal of a requirement that an individual must have surgery before changing their birth certificate.

The province says adults must complete an application form to change their gender designation.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 19 must also provide proof of support from a parent or guardian, while confirmation from a physician or psychologist is still required for children aged 11 and younger.

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