The State Department’s policy still distinguishes between a transition that is “in process” and one that is “complete.” This distinction was originally intended for applicants who had recently begun a gender transition and needed documentation to travel abroad, before the requirement for undergoing a surgical procedure was removed. The language we recommend in our sample letter indicates to the Department of State that the transition is “complete.” However, if you submit a letter that indicates your transition is “in process” you will be issued a limited validity two-year passport.
If you are issued a limited validity two-year passport, to extend to a full validity ten-year passport you should submit the following by mail within two years of the issue date of the limited validity two-year passport:
- A completed Form DS 5504, Application for a U.S. Passport (Name Change, Data Correction and Limited Passport Book Replacement), along with any necessary documentation indicated in the form;
- A physician certification, as described in our sample, stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition; and
- Unless you request expedited service, no new fee is required.
You may mail in your application to the National Passport Processing Center or drop-off your completed application and required documentation to your local State Department Office. Note that any documents you mail in will be returned if not damaged.
By Mail, Routine Service: National Passport Processing Center, P.O. Box 90107, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0107
By Mail, Expedited Service (Additional Fee): National Passport Processing Center, P.O. Box 90907, Philadelphia, PA 19190-0107
In Person: To locate your local Passport Acceptance Facility, please visit http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/.