Passport

Changing Your Passport

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Name Changes

If you haven’t already, we recommend you change your gender on your passport at the same time you change your name. Click here for instructions on changing your gender marker on your passport.

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, regardless of your age, you must apply in person at any acceptance facility. Click here to find the facility nearest you. What documents will you need?

1) Completed Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport. Note that within this form, you must reveal any legal name change and attach the certified court order changing your name.
2) Evidence of U.S. citizenship (such as your birth certificate)
3) A valid ID and photocopy of that ID. Note that the photocopy must be on a standard 8 ½ x 11” paper, showing the front and back of the ID, and be free from any other images and/or markings. The photocopy must be on only one side of the paper, and you may not decrease the size of the image.
4) Two color passport photos (2” x 2”) reflecting your current appearance
5) Any applicable fees. . Click here to see a fee schedule.

All Minor applicants, including renewals, must also apply in person at a passport facility. Click here to find the facility nearest you. What documents will you need?

1) Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your birth certificate)
2) Photo Identification
3) Parental Consent. Click here for more information.
4) Two color passport photos (2” x 2”) reflecting your current appearance
5) Application Forms. Click here for more information.
6) Any applicable fees. . Click here to see a fee schedule.

If you are 18 or older and you already have a passport, but your name has legally changed via a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued. Click here for more information.


Gender Changes

The Passport Agency does not require surgery relating to your gender transition in order to change your gender on your passport. To obtain a new passport with the standard 10-year validity, the Passport Agency only requires “medical certification of gender transition” from a licensed doctor who has treated you or reviewed and evaluated your medical history and with whom you have doctor/patient relationship. The Passport Agency offers no guidance as to what qualifies as “gender transition,” leaving this designation up to your doctor. In our experience, this certification is often based on hormone therapy alone, or hormone therapy in combination with other treatment or surgery.

If you are in transition but have not yet begun hormone therapy, or your doctor does not feel comfortable certifying your transition, the Passport Agency offers a 2-year limited-validity passport reflecting a new gender. Your doctor will need to certify that you are “in the process of gender transition.” After applying for this transitional passport, you can later request a full validity passport without an additional fee within the 2-year duration of the limited validity passport. You will, however, need the physician’s certification of gender transition stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition.

You must apply for a gender marker change in person at any acceptance facility. Click here to find the facility nearest you. What documents will you need?

1) Proof of citizenship (such as your birth certificate)
2) Proof of identity, which must be in your new gender. Click here for instructions on how to change your gender marker on your Maryland-issued ID or driver’s license.
3) Two color passport photos (2” x 2”) reflecting your current appearance
4) Any applicable fees. . Click here to see a fee schedule.
5) Birth documentation reflecting your new gender (click here for instructions on how to change your gender marker on your Maryland-issued birth certificate) OR medical certification from your treating physician (click here for more information on what this certification must include and an example letter)

Note: If you are changing your gender marker on your passport without also changing your name, we strongly recommend that you specifically request a new passport, as the Passport Agency may simply apply a stamp over the old gender marker, which would make it apparent to anyone who saw your passport that your gender marker has changed.