How do I change the gender on my immigration documents?

Instructions for changing gender marker on immigration documents. #8915EN

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It depends on your situation. This publication answers questions about some of the most common immigration situations and documents.

Immigration documents will be limited to only "M" or "F" (or "male" or "female") gender designations.

Most will require proof of gender change through another ID document or a letter from a licensed healthcare professional certifying your "true gender". There is a sample letter attached to this publication. There are no specific surgery or medical requirements. The letter just needs to confirm your gender.

* If you currently have an immigration attorney, you should talk to your attorney about changing your gender on your immigration documents before you try to change the documents.

You must submit:

  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (uscis.gov/i-765)
  • Filing fee of $495 (in 2023) or a Fee Waiver (permission to not pay the fee). The Fee Waiver form is Form I-912 (uscis.gov/i-912). If you need to use the Fee Waiver, submit the Form I-912 along with your Form I-765.
  • Two passport-style photos
  • Driver's license, birth certificate, passport, court order, or other official government-issued document showing the requested gender designation, or a letter from a licensed healthcare professional certifying your true gender - see sample letter

You must submit:

  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (uscis.gov/i-90)
  • Filing fee of $540 (in 2023) or a Fee Waiver (permission to not pay the fee)
  • Driver's license, birth certificate, passport, court order, or other official government-issued document showing the requested gender designation, or a letter from a licensed healthcare professional certifying your true gender - see sample letter
  • Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (uscis.gov/n-565)
  • Filing fee of $555 (in 2023) or a Fee Waiver (permission to not pay the fee)
  • Two passport-style photos
  • Driver's license, birth certificate, passport, court order, or other official government-issued document showing the requested gender designation, or a letter from a licensed healthcare professional certifying your true gender(see sample letter)

Learn more about gender changes and immigration documents from The National Center for Trans Equality at transequality.org/know-your-rights/immigration-documents.

Learn more about USCIS issued identity documents at USCIS's website: uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-11-part-a-chapter-2.

Learn more about changing your name on USCIS issued secure identity immigration documents at uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-11-part-a-chapter-2.

Learn more about how to ask for a legal name change in Washington by reading How to Get a Name Change in Washington.

  • If you currently have an immigration attorney, you should talk to your attorney about changing your name on your immigration documents before you try to change the documents. You should also tell your attorney that you received a legal name change.

Get Legal Help

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Last Review and Update: May 24, 2023
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