Selecting your Gender Marker

You can select male (M), female (F), or unspecified or another gender identity (X) as the gender marker on your U.S. passport book and card. The gender you select does not need to match the gender on your citizenship evidence or photo ID. You do not need to provide medical documentation to change your gender marker. 

X Gender Marker for Passport Forms
This image provides an example of how you can select your gender marker on a U.S. passport form.

Our Commitment

We promote the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ individuals. We are demonstrating this commitment to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of gender identity. 

Preparing to Travel

See our LGBTQI+ Travelers’ Page to learn more about the safety and security of the country you plan to visit.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I replace my limited-validity passport issued during a gender transition?

You may have received a limited-validity passport if you were transitioning when you applied for your most recent passport. We issue a limited-validity passport for less than the full validity period. The full validity period is 10 years for adults, and five years for children under age 16. We no longer require medical documentation or a physician’s letter as evidence of a gender transition. 

To replace a limited-validity passport with a full-validity passport, submit Form DS-5504. To use this form, you must apply within two years of your previous passport's issuance date. You do not have to pay fees unless you are requesting expedited service.

If we issued your limited-validity passport more than two years ago, apply in person and use Form DS-11.


If I have a court order approving a change in my gender, do I need to submit that with my application?

You do not, unless the court order also documents a name change. You do not need to submit a court order approving a change in gender.


Can I have a passport issued with a non-binary gender marker or no gender marker?

You can select X as your gender marker when applying for both a passport book and passport card. 


Last Updated: April 19, 2024