Montanans looking to update their birth certificates face wait times up to 6 months – Daily Montanan
, 2022-09-22 18:24:26,
The state health department is again accepting applications from people who want to update the gender marker on their birth certificates following a court order this week.
However, the Department of Public Health and Human Services said it could take up to six months to process an application.
Jon Ebelt, spokesman for the Department, did not say how much time it took before the issue landed in court, but he said the process is time consuming due to various factors, such as the complexity of the request and how much communication must occur between DPHHS and the requestor to clarify or correct information.
“The long-standing Vital Records policy is to process applications on a first come, first served basis. Applications already in the queue will be processed first to ensure fairness to the department’s customers,” he said in an email.
The Department did not respond to a question about how many applications were currently in the queue.
Monday, DPHHS said it would comply with an order from a Yellowstone County District Judge that required the department to reinstate a 2017 rule that allows for gender markers on birth certificates to be updated more accessibly through an online form — which the department put back on its website earlier this week.
In April, the judge had issued a preliminary injunction against Senate Bill 280, which said Montanans could only update the gender marker on their birth certificate after a surgical…
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