The process for obtaining a passport for a transgender person can vary greatly depending on the country. In general, to change the gender marker on a passport, you may need to provide some form of documentation or confirmation of your gender transition, such as a letter from a healthcare provider, an updated ID with the correct gender marker, or a court order.

For instance, in the United States, as of my last training data up until September 2021, the U.S. Department of State requires a signed physician certification that confirms you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition. This certification must include:

  • Physician’s full name
  • Medical license or certificate number
  • Issuing state or other jurisdiction of medical license/certificate
  • DEA registration number assigned to the physician
  • Address and telephone number of the physician
  • Language stating that:
    • “He or she has a doctor/patient relationship with you”
    • “You have had, or are in process of having, appropriate clinical treatment for transition to the updated gender (male or female)”
    • “He or she has either:
      • Reviewed and evaluated your health history and medical records related to your gender identity and physical transition to the updated gender (male or female), OR
      • Issued you a referral to a health care provider who has reviewed and evaluated your health history and medical records related to your gender identity and physical transition to the updated gender (male or female).”

The physician’s certification replaces the previous requirement of surgery for changing the gender marker on U.S. passports.

However, the specifics of what is required can vary greatly from one country to another. It is recommended to check the most up-to-date information from your local or national government’s passport issuing agency or a trusted legal resource.

Remember that this information is accurate as of my last training data up until September 2021, and the procedures might have been updated or changed since then. Always consult with professionals to get the most recent and relevant information.