Change the sex on your passport or travel document

You must have a sex designation on your passport or travel document to comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. It can’t be removed or left blank.

Change your sex to male or female

Adults (16 years of age or older)

Send a completed adult passport application form (PDF, 421.64KB) or adult travel document application form (PDF, 397.15KB) with the requested sex selected in the sex field. Include a proof of Canadian citizenship or immigration status document that shows the same sex as the one you are requesting. If your proof of citizenship or immigration status document doesn’t show the requested change of sex, include one of the following:

Submit your application in person at a passport office location or send it by mail. We may contact your guarantor to verify your identity.

Child (under 16 years of age)

If you are applying on behalf of a child, send a completed child passport application or child travel document application with the requested sex selected in the sex field. Include a proof of Canadian citizenship or immigration status document that shows the same sex as the one you are requesting. If your proof of citizenship or immigration status document does not show the requested sex , you must provide one of the following:

You will also need to meet all other requirements for the child application process. Submit the application in person at a passport office location or send it by mail.

Change your sex to X (unspecified)

Travelling abroad:

  • The Government of Canada cannot guarantee entry or transit by border control authorities of another country. Choose the sex that you feel would make it easier to travel.
  • It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of all the countries that you intend to visit or transit through to enquire about entry requirements that may affect bearers of a travel document with an “X” designation. Additional information is available at Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians abroad.
  • When booking your travel or applying for immigration documents such as visas, use the same sex as printed on the bio page (page 2) of your travel document. This will help avoid delays and problems at borders entries and airline check-ins.

You will soon be able to have your sex marked as X (unspecified) on your passport or travel document. Until then, you can request an observation be added to your passport or travel document that says your sex should be X. Sign up for email updates.

Adults (16 years of age or older)

To request to have an observation added in your passport and travel document:

Child (under 16 years of age)

To request to have an observation added in your child’s passport and travel document:

Submit your application

Submit your application form in person at a passport service location or send it by mail.

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