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Disclaimer: This is legal talk, not legal advice. Laws vary by state, and some of the information discussed on this page may not be applicable in your case. Some of this information is reader-submitted and not verfied. It is up to you to confirm any information herein by doing your own research.

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2.Australia
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Passports for US citizens

A reader notes:

The process is as follows: If you already have a passport, fill out form DS-82 and mail it in with your old passport, your physician statement, new passport photos, a copy of your drivers license front and back, the letter from your surgeon and $140 dollars (expediting extra). If you do not have a passport : you'll need to fill out form DS-11 and have all of the above, except your original (or certified copy) birth certificate instead of your old passport - you must take everything to to the post office and be prepared to pay $165. The doctor's statement must be similar to the following (or at least contain all of the info in parentheses): I, (physician’s full name), (physician’s medical license or certificate number), (issuing State of medical license/certificate), (DEA Registration number), am the attending physician of (name of patient), with whom I have a doctor/patient relationship. (The letter must indicate that the physician is either an internist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, urologist or psychiatrist.) (Name of patient) has had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to the new gender (specify new gender male or female). Or (Name of patient) is in the process of 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. I recently updated my old passport, and through trial and error, figured out that this is the correct way of doing so.

A reader notes:

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.

Under the new policy, you can obtain a passport with an updated gender if you 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. If you are just beginning transition and need to travel abroad, you can obtain a two-year provisional passport. (The State Department calls it “limited validity” though it has all the force of a regular passport but is only good for two years.) Once your doctor and you believe you have had clinical treatment appropriate in your case, you can obtain a full, regular passport.

If you have a valid passport with an outdated gender designation

If you have a passport that is still valid but does not reflect your current gender, you should submit the following by mail:

1. Use Form DS-5504 http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds5504/ds5504_2663.html Application for a U.S. Passport (Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement)

2. A signed statement by a physician who has treated you, on office letterhead, stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.

Submit these documents to the address specified on the form. For expedited service include a $60 fee; otherwise, no fee is required.

If you are applying for a passport for the first time
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 http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/ or call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

You will need to present the following:

1. Two 2x2 inch photographs of yourself

2. Proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate or enhanced driver’s license

3. 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)

4. A completed form DS-11 http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html, Application for a U.S. Passport

5. Relevant fees

If your proof of citizenship and identity reflect your current gender, you do not need to submit any additional documentation; 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. However, if one or more documents used to prove your citizenship or identity does not reflect your current gender, you must also submit:

6. A signed statement by a physician who has treated you, on office letterhead, stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.

For those residing overseas and who are US Citizens the State Department has released the changes to U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual - Volume 7 Consular Affairs to reflect the new policy on Gender Change. Included in the text is the change of gender, which is found in http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143160.pdf 7 FAM 1300 Appendix M, Gender Change. This appendix provides policy and procedures that passport specialists and consular officers must follow in cases in which an applicant requests a gender on the passport application different from the one reflected on some or all of the submitted citizenship and/or identity evidence, including a prior passport.

The State Department's new passport policy and procedures are based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) http://www.wpath.org, recognized by the American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org as the authority in this field.