April 17, 2019
Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate voted today 23-to-12 to pass HB19-1039, Identity Documents for Transgender Persons, legislation sponsored by Senator Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) that would make it easier for transgender Coloradans to obtain birth certificates with their correct gender designation. The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for consideration of amendments.
“It is absurd that we put barriers in front of transgender Coloradans when their only ask is for a government document that accurately reflects who they are” said Senator Moreno. “The current process is lengthy, bureaucratic, expensive, and invasive of an individual’s privacy. This legislation will ease one of the many burdens facing transgender Coloradans and will streamline the process for a new birth certificate.”
HB19-1039 will no longer require a court order for Coloradans to secure a legal name change when seeking an updated birth certificate to accurately reflect their correct gender designation. The bill also makes it simpler for people born out of state to have their birth certificate amended in Colorado.
“Today’s vote is a monumental step forward in our support for the transgender community in Colorado. I am proud to see the progress our state is making,” Senator Moreno added.
HB19-1039 would exempt transgender individuals from having to submit a public notice of name change. It also makes transgender Coloradans eligible to be issued a new driver’s license or identity document with the proper gender denotation.
For more information on HB19-1039, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1039.