Selecting your Gender Marker

You can now select the binary gender option (M or F) 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 documentation 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. Currently, the only gender markers available are M or F. We are working to add an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons as soon as possible. We will post updates on this page when the X gender marker option is available.

Plans for a Gender Marker for Non-Binary, Intersex, and Gender Non-Conforming Persons

We are taking further steps toward ensuring the fair treatment of LGBTQI+ U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender or sex. We continue the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) with the goal of offering an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons. Recently, the Department proposed updates to several passport application forms to add an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons, in addition to M and F. 

We anticipate the process of updating our passport forms will be completed in early 2022. After this process is completed, passport applications will offer the X gender marker.

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How to Apply for your Passport

I'm applying for my first passport or replacing my full-validity passport

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 medical documentation or a 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.

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I'm replacing my limited-validity passport issued during gender transition

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 (issued for less than the full validity period of 10 years for those 16 and older and 5 years for children under 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 in this situation, 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.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Department of State making this change?

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 the gender marker X is available. 

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What does it mean to self-certify or self-select my gender?

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.

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Do I need to have the gender on my birth certificate and/or driver’s license changed before I can get it changed on my passport?

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.

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Do I need to apply using Form DS-11?

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.  

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How do I update the gender on a passport for my child?

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.

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Do I have to submit a new photo when applying for a passport?

Yes. Your new photo must look similar to your current appearance and meet our passport photo requirements.

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

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. 

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I followed the requirements on this page, but I got a letter requesting more information. What do I do now?

Please follow the instructions in the letter. If you have further questions, go to our Respond to a Letter or Email page or contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-27781-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY).

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If I identify neither as male nor female, or I have a birth certificate, driver's license, court order or other documents in a non-binary gender, can I have a passport issued with a non-binary gender marker or no gender marker?

We continue the process of updating our procedures for the issuance of U.S. passports with the goal of offering an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons in early 2022. Please wait to apply for a passport in a non-binary marker until the forms process is completed. We will post updates on this page when the X gender marker option is available on passport applications. 

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