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 [PPTC 153] (PDF, 421.64 KB) or Adult travel document application [PPTC 190] (PDF, 397.15 KB) 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 or by mail. We may contact your guarantor to verify your identity.

Address for mail:

Government of Canada
Passport program
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:

Government of Canada
Passport program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 8R1
Canada

Child (under 16 years of age)

If you’re applying on behalf of a child, send a completed Child passport application [PPTC 155] (PDF, 444.53 KB) or Child travel document application [PPTC 192] (PDF, 451.72 KB) 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 sex, you must provide one of the following:

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

Government of Canada
Passport program
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:

Government of Canada
Passport program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 8R1 Canada

Change your sex to X (unspecified)

Travelling abroad:

  • The Government of Canada can’t guarantee entry or transit by border control authorities of another country. Choose the sex that you feel would make it easier to travel.
  • It’s 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’ll soon be able to have your sex marked as “X” (unspecified) on your passport or travel documents. Until then, you can request an observation be added to your passport or travel document that says your sex should be X. Sign up to receive email updates when it becomes available.

Adults (16 years of age or older)

To request to have an observation added in your passport or travel documents:

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 office or by mail:

Government of Canada
Passport program
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0G3
Canada

If using a courier:

Government of Canada
Passport program
22 de Varennes Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8T 8R1
Canada

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