South Carolina does not have a specific legal provision for updating the gender marker on your birth certificate.
You may file a request with your circuit’s Family Court and indicate that you desire to amend the gender marker on your birth certificate. You must provide testimony or a notarized statement in proper affidavit form from a licensed physician.
Judges have discretion over granting the necessary court orders. Depending on your judge, the court order you need may be difficult to obtain or you may be asked to provide additional information (like proof of gender affirmation surgery) before your court order is issued.
You can apply for your name-change order at the same time as the court order for amending your birth certificate or separately.
To update your South Carolina birth certificate, you will need to provide:
- completed application form (PDF)
- court order to amend birth certificate
- copy of acceptable photo ID
- payment of applicable fees
Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.