You can now select the gender you would like printed on your U.S. passport, even if the gender you select does not match the gender on your supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID. We no longer require medical certification to change the gender marker on your U.S. passport.
To request a new passport with a different gender than the one you have on your current passport, or if you are applying for your first passport, submit a new application and select your preferred gender marker. Follow the steps on this page to learn which form to submit. You can select “M” or “F” which are the gender markers currently available. We are working to add a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons as soon as possible.
If you are applying for your first passport, or if you already have a full-validity passport, use Form DS-11 and select “M” or “F” for your gender. You do not need to provide a medical certification or physician’s letter, even if the gender you select on Form DS-11 does not match the gender on your previous passport or other documents. Follow the steps listed on our Apply in Person page. Please note: we are in the process of updating our Form Filler and Form Eligibility Wizard tools to incorporate these changes. Please download your form and complete it by hand in black ink.
Under our previous passport policies, if you were in the process of transitioning to a new gender when you applied for your passport, you may have received a limited-validity passport. We no longer require medical certification or a physician’s letter as evidence of a gender transition. You can now self-select your gender on your passport form, and you are eligible to apply for a full-validity passport.
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 optional expedited service. If your limited-validity passport was issued more than two years ago, please use Form DS-11 and follow the steps on our Apply In Person page.
We are committed to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people – including LGBTQI+ persons.
We are taking further steps toward demonstrating this commitment to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex. You can now self-select the binary gender you want printed on your U.S. passport. We are also beginning the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) with a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons. We will post updates on this webpage when that gender marker is available. You cannot apply for a passport with a non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming gender marker at this time.
It means you can select the gender you would like us to print on your U.S. passport by simply checking “M” or “F”. You no longer need to provide medical certification or a physician’s letter when applying for a U.S. passport in a gender that does not match the gender on your citizenship evidence or photo ID.
No, the gender on your citizenship evidence and photo ID does not have to match the gender you select on your passport application. However, the photo you submit with your passport application must look similar to the photo on your ID. Learn more about Passport Photos before you apply.
Yes. The first time you are changing your gender in your U.S. passport, you must use the Form DS-11. When you renew your passport, if the gender you are requesting matches the gender on your previous passport, you can use Form DS-82. Children under age 16 must always apply using Form DS-11 and appear in-person with both parents or legal guardians.
The requirements to update your child’s gender are the same as the requirements for an adult. Both parents or legal guardians must provide consent when applying for a child under age 16.
Yes. Your new photo must look similar to your current appearance and meet our passport photo requirements.
A court order approving a change in gender is no longer a requirement to apply for a U.S. passport. It is not necessary anymore.
You may change or correct a passport by following the steps provided on our website.
No, not at this time. We are beginning the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. passports and CRBAs with the goal of offering a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons. The process of adding a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons to these documents is complex and will take time for extensive updates to our information technology (IT) systems. We cannot provide an exact timeline for when we will begin offering a gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons. Applicants should not apply for a passport with a non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming gender marker as we cannot issue one to you at this time. Applicants who apply for a passport with a non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming gender marker will be given the option to select from currently available markers of “M” for male or “F” for female, or to place their application on hold until we can offer a non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming gender marker.
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