New York State will no longer seek proof of surgery for transgender people applying for updated documents.
Under the old laws, medical proof had to be provided for anyone looking to fix their passports or get a new birth certificate to indicate their new gender.
Advocates are praising the move, adding it made things difficult for transgender people looking for work, housing, or applying for benefits.
However, the change does not affect New York City, which issues its own birth certificates.
Supporters of the LGBT community are calling on the city to change its policy to mirror the new rules initiated by the state.