In June 2010, the State Department announced a new policy to issue passports in a person’s current gender when either a previous passport or other personal documentation presented by an applicant reflects a different gender.

Under the new policy, a transgender person can obtain a passport reflecting his or her current gender by submitting a certification from a physician confirming that he or she has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. There is no surgical requirement.

To obtain a passport that reflects your gender identity, you will to have had clinical treatment determined by your doctor to be appropriate in your case to facilitate gender transition. It does not matter whether or not you have previously obtained a passport listing another gender.

Last updated February 2015

What You’ll Need

Change Your Existing Passport

Update name:
  • Evidence of legal name change
Update gender marker:
  • A photo ID that most accurately reflects your current appearance
  • A signed statement by a physician who has treated you, on office letterhead, stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition
Update photograph:
  • Two 2×2 photos of yourself

Apply for a New Passport

  • Two 2×2 photos of yourself
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate or enhanced driver’s license
  • A valid form of government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license or tribal identification card (may be the same as proof of citizenship)
  • A completed form DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport
  • Relevant fees
  • A signed statement by a physician who has treated you, on office letterhead, stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition (only if proof of identity does not match gender identity)

How to Change Your Passport

1. Appear at a passport facility.

If you are requesting gender change, you must use form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport and apply in person, even if you would otherwise be eligible to renew by mail. If you are only applying for a change of name, or do not need to change any information, you may be eligible to renew an outdated passport by mail (using form DS-82.) Consult the State Department’s website for details.

2. Present the required documents.

To change your name, you must submit form DS-5504, Application for a U.S. Passport (Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement), along with a court order or marriage certificate reflecting the name change, or records documenting consistent use of your current name over a five-year period. Consult the State Department’s website for more details.

To change your gender marker, bring a signed statement by a physician who has treated you on their office letterhead. The letter must state that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. Template provided by the US State Department.

I, (physician’s full name), (physician’s medical license or certificate number), (issuing State of medical license/certificate), am the attending physician of (name of patient), with whom I have a doctor/patient relationship.

(Name of patient) has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to the new gender (specify new gender male or female).

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the forgoing is true and correct.

Signature
Typed Name
Date

How to Apply for a New Passport

1. Appear at a passport facility.

Anyone applying for a passport for the first time must apply in person. To find the acceptance facility closest to you, visit the State Department’s website, “Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page,” at iafdb.travel.state.gov or call the National Passport Information Center at (877) 487-2778.

2. Present the required documents.

You will need your proof of citizenship, a government-issued photo ID, two 2×2 inch photographs of yourself, and a completed form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport plus relevant fees.

3. If your proof of citizenship and identity reflect your current gender, you do not need to submit any additional documentation. You’re done!

For example, if you have changed both your birth certificate and driver’s license to reflect your current gender, you can use these as they are now without any other documents.

4. If one or more documents used to prove your citizenship or identity does not reflect your current gender, you must also submit proof of gender identity.

Bring a signed statement by a physician who has treated you on their office letterhead. The letter must state that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. Template provided by the US State Department.

I, (physician’s full name), (physician’s medical license or certificate number), (issuing State of medical license/certificate), am the attending physician of (name of patient), with whom I have a doctor/patient relationship.

(Name of patient) has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to the new gender (specify new gender male or female).

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the forgoing is true and correct.

Signature
Typed Name
Date

Additional Resources

US State Department
National Passport Information Center
  • Phone: (877) 487-2778
US Passports & International Travel
National Center for Transgender Equality
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
  • The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the world’s leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way. www.iglta.org