About 22 transgender residents have been able to modify their birth certificates after the Assembly approved a bill that was eventually enacted by the governor.

State Recorder Elizabeth Marquez told La Voz newspaper that since the Civil Code was modified 26 residents have requested their names changed.

Of the requests 15 are men who preferred to get identified as women and 11 females who opted to get identified as male.

The agency has attempted to make the process easier for applicants, Marquez said.

According to the recorder applicants must provide a photo identification card, proof of residence and the original birth certificate.

The name change is only authorized to adults 18 and older. Applicants must pay a fee of about $100. According to the Recorder applicants must start the process in the city where the certificate was issued.

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