|11/13/2015 12:45 pm
Date / Time filed with the Register of Regulations
VA.R. Document Number: R____-______
Virginia Register Publication Information
Transmittal Sheet: Response to Petition for Rulemaking
Initial Agency Notice
||State Board of Health
Director, VDH Division of Vital Records
||Department of Health
2001 Maywill Street, Ste. 268
Richmond, VA 23230
|12 vac 5 - 550:
||Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records
State: Section 32.1-249 through 32.1-276
|Date Petition Received
||James Parrish, Equality Virginia; and Arli Christian, National Center for Transgender
The petitioner requests that the Vital Records regulations be amended as follows:
Virginia's birth certificate gender change regulation should not require surgery,
based on a modern understanding of appropriate treatment for transgender people.
Virginia's birth certificate gender change regulation should not require a court order,
as courts are a costly and complicated barrier to many transgender people, and medical
providers, rather than judges, have the professional expertise to request the appropriate
gender marker on a birth certificate.
In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Registrar of
Regulations and will be published on December 14, 2014 and posted to the Virginia
Regulatory Town Hall at www.townhall.virginia.gov. Comment on the petition will be
accepted until January 4, 2016 and may be posted on the Townhall or sent to the Board.
Following receipt of all comment on the petition, and within 90 days of January 4,
2016, the matter will be considered by the State Health Commissioner, acting on behalf
of the Board, in order to decide whether to grant the petition.
||12/14/2015 (comment period will also begin on this date)
|Comment End Date