Choose or update the gender identifier on your passport or travel document

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Choose the gender identifier on a new application

Update a current passport or travel document

Choose the gender identifier on a new application

What you need to do depends on whether or not your supporting documents have the gender identifier you want. As supporting documents, we accept your proof of citizenship, proof of immigration status or previous passport.

Your supporting documents show the gender identifier you want

When you apply for your new document, you don’t need to provide any other documentation if:

  • you want the “X” gender identifier and either your previous passport or Verification of Status document has the “X” observation sticker
  • you want the same gender identifier that’s on your proof of citizenship, proof of immigration status or your previous passport

To apply, follow the instructions for the document you need:

Your supporting documents don’t show the gender identifier you want

You need to submit a new application and include the request form to get the gender identifier you want.

You don’t need to include this request form if the previous passport or travel document has an “X” observation sticker.

To apply, follow the instructions for the document you need and include your request form:

Update a current passport or travel document

How you update your gender identifier on your current passport or travel document depends on:

Depending on your situation, you may be able to renew your current document or you may have to apply for a new one.

Update your gender identifier from “F” to “M” or “M” to “F”

You need to apply for a new document. Find out how to choose the identifier you want.

Update your gender identifier to an “X”

You can update the gender identifier on a current passport or travel document if:

  • you’re only changing your current gender identifier to an “X”
  • you don’t need a new expiry date

The expiry date will stay the same. We’ll only change the gender identifier in the sex field.

If you want to make any other changes to your personal information, you need to apply for a new document.

Get an “X” gender identifier on an adult passport valid for 6 months or longer

If you requested the “X” gender identifier in the past, we placed a sticker in your passport. We call this the “X” observation sticker.

If your passport has an “X” observation sticker:

If your passport doesn’t have an “X” observation sticker:

  • apply for a new passport to get the “X” gender identifier printed in it.
    • You must submit new photos.
    • There is no fee if you only update the gender identifier to an “X” and make no other changes.
    • The expiry date will stay the same; If you need a new one, apply for a new document and pay the fees.

Get an “X” gender identifier on an adult passport valid for less than 6 months or expired

If your passport has an “X” observation sticker:

  • apply to renew your passport to get the “X” gender identifier printed in it.
    • You must submit new photos.
    • You must pay the fees.
    • You’ll get a new expiry date.

If your passport doesn’t have an “X” observation sticker:

  • apply for a new passport to get the “X” gender identifier printed on your passport.
    • You must submit new photos.
    • You must pay the fees.
    • You’ll get a new expiry date.

Get an “X” gender identifier on a child’s passport or any travel document

If your child’s passport or a travel document:

You need to pay the fees and get a new expiry date if:

  • your child’s passport or the travel document is valid for less than 6 months, or
  • you want to do more than update the gender identifier to an “X”
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