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HB18-1046: New Birth Certificate To Reflect Gender Change

LGBTQ+ Equality
Bill Number: HB18-1046
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: D. Esgar / D. Moreno


Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new
birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to
reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order
indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical
procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate
be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name
change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for
the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation
or for an intersex individual.
The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate
rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has
previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions
of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate. A person is not
required to obtain a court order for a legal name change in order to obtain
a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation.
The courts in this state are given jurisdiction to issue a decree to
amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation for
persons born in another state or foreign jurisdiction if the law of such
other state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to
amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2018)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/05/2018)
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (02/27/2018)
House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole (02/08/2018)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment (01/10/2018)

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