US passports to allow gender change

US has announced new policy on gender change in passports and consular reports of birth abroad.

Washington: The United States has announced new flexible policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and consular reports of birth abroad.

Under the new rule beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate
clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.

The new guidelines are more flexible and has been announced on the occasion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans gender Pride Month, include detailed information about what
information the certification must include.
"It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician`s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition," the State Department said adding that no additional medical records are required "Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance.

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender," it said.

As with all passport applicants, passport issuing officers at embassies and consulates abroad and domestic passport agencies and centres will only ask appropriate questions to obtain information necessary to determine citizenship and identity, the State Department said.
The new policy and procedures are based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Trans gender Health (WPATH), recognised by the American Medical Association as the authority in this field.


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