EDMONTON, Alberta — The Alberta government is making it easier for transgender people in the province to make changes to their personal documents without undergoing sex reassignment surgery.
In the past, transgender persons were required to have reassignment surgery in order to change the gender on a birth record. To file for the change, transgender Albertans were required to submit two affidavits from two different doctors stating that their gender has changed through surgery.
Under the new policy, only one affidavit and a doctor’s letter are required, and neither document requires the mention of gender reassignment surgery, reports Global News.
The changes to the Vital Statistics Information Regulation mean transgender people can change their gender on any government-issued ID, including driver’s licenses and birth certificates.