New State Department Policy on Passport Gender Change


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Happy LGBT Pride Month! We are very pleased to tell you that the U.S. Department of State today introduced new policy guidelines on changing the sex marker on passports.

Beginning today, when passport applicants present a doctor's certification that they have undergone treatment for gender transition, their passports will be updated to accurately reflect their sex.  Sex reassignment surgery is no longer required to change the gender on an American passport. 

Transgender Americans face extreme danger when traveling abroad in the many countries that are hostile to them.  Many also experience harassment when entering and leaving this country.  Adoption of this safety-focused policy is a giant step forward in protecting transgender Americans and in fulfilling the State Department's commitment to protect all Americans when they travel, work or live overseas.

Under the new policy, it is also possible to obtain a temporary passport in the appropriate sex if a physician's statement shows that an applicant is in the process of gender transition.

The new policy and procedures are based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).  We are happy to bring you this news and we will continue to update our web site with more detailed information.

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View the guidelines on the State Department's web site here.

Read the State Department's announcement of this change here.