You can now self-attest gender for Social Security

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Wednesday announced that people could self-attest their gender for SSA records.

“The Social Security Administration’s Equity Action Plan includes a commitment to decrease administrative burdens and ensure people who identify as gender diverse or transgender have options in the Social Security Number card application process,” said Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi in the announcement. “This new policy allows people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”

People who update their sex marker in Social Security’s records will need to apply for a replacement Social Security Number (SSN) card. They will still need to show a current document to prove their identity, but they will no longer need to provide medical or legal documentation of their sex designation now that the policy change is in place.

The agency will accept the gender of either male or female, even if it is different from the sex designation shown on identity documents, such as a passport or state-issued driver’s license or identity card. SSA is still exploring updates to support an “X” sex designation for the SSN card application process.

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