Birth Correction or Gender Marker Change

Birth Correction

A person who claims to have been born in Ohio and who claims the registration of birth was not accurately recorded at the time of birth may file an application to correct the birth record. The application must be accompanied by a current certified copy of the birth certificate and a copy of a state-issued I.D. The application, Form 30.0, can be found below.

If the application for correction is for a child who is under the age of one year old and is the result of a clerical error made by the hospital, an error made when the parent completed the paperwork at the hospital, or a clerical error made by the Office of Vital Statistics, parents are urged to attempt an administrative correction through the Ohio Department of Health or the Ohio Office of Vital Statistics.

An application for correction of birth record can only be filed with the Court for someone born in Ohio. To correct an Ohio birth record, the application must be filed in the county where the person’s birth occurred, where the person resides, or where the person’s mother resided at the time of birth.

A father’s name cannot be added or deleted from a birth record through birth correction proceedings in the probate court. If the parents are not married, contact the Child Support Enforcement Agency in order to gain information regarding the process for adding the father’s name. If the parents are married, contact the Ohio Office of Vital Statistics.

The filing fee for a birth correction application is $37.00.

Gender Marker Change

Individuals who were born in Ohio and who wish to change the gender marker on their birth record must either:

  1. Be born in Wayne County;
  2. Be residing in Wayne County; or
  3. Be a person whose mother resided in Wayne County at the time of the applicant's birth.
     

In addition to the above requirement, the following documents must be filed with the Court:

Adult Applicants

  1. An application to change gender marker on birth record (Form 30.0.2);
  2. A current state-issued I.D.;
  3. A current (not more than 60 days old) certified copy of the applicant's birth record;
  4. A licensed professional statement to change gender record on birth record (Form 30.0.1);
  5. An affidavit signed by the applicant (Form 30.0.5); and
  6. Two notarized affidavits signed by adults (Form 30.0.4).
     

Minor Applicants

  1. An application to change gender marker on birth record (Form 30.0.2); 
  2. A current state-issued I.D. for the applicant;
  3. A current (not more than 60 days old) certified copy of the applicant's birth record;
  4. A licensed professional statement to change gender record on birth record (Form 30.0.1);
  5. Proof that the child has received counseling on gender modification, including length of time the child has attended counseling pertaining to this topic;
  6. An affidavit signed by the applicant (Form 30.0.5);
  7. Two notarized affidavits signed by adults other than the child's parents (Form 30.0.4); and
  8. Notarized consents by both parents (Form 30.0.3).
     

The filing fee for an application to change gender marker on birth record is $37.00.

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