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Department of Health proposes new rule to add third gender option to birth certificate

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health is proposing a new rule to establish requirements for individuals to request a change to the sex designation on their birth certificate.

The rule replaces the current procedure that only includes male and female as options for sex designation on a birth certificate, to an updated procedure that includes male, female, and X as options for sex designation. The X designation would be for people who identify as neither male nor female.

The proposed rule would only apply to amendments to birth certificates made after the original record is completed at the time of birth.

The new proposal would provide more options for those wishing to change their birth certificate, and would replace the current procedure designating two options, which has been in place since 2008.

The department is accepting comments on the proposed rule until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5. You can submit written comments online or by email at GenderChangeRuleMaking@doh.wa.gov. You can also provide in-person testimony on December 5 at 1 p.m. at the Washington State Department of Health located in Tumwater, WA. The hearing will be live-streamed on the DOH website