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The Department of State's requirements for gender marker/name change in passports is detailed here.
I had my photos taken at Austin Passport Express for $11.
You can do it yourself and save a trip and a few bucks as long as you adhere to the U.S. State Deparment's passport photo requirements. Take the pic and print the photos on an inkjet printer on photo paper.
- DS-11 form, filled out
- ID that resembles your current appearance.
- Passport photo that resembles your current appearance (to be attached to DS-11 form).
- Medical certification that indicates you are in the process of or have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition: follow the U.S. State Department's guidelines .
- Proof of legal name change (if applicable), e.g. court order.
Go to one of:
- The Travis County District Clerk’s Passport Acceptance Facility, 5501 Airport Blvd., 2nd Floor, Room 220, Austin, TX 78751
- A post office.
(I went to Post Office at Chimney Corners, on Far West Blvd. and made an appointment, which was several weeks out. (I called but could never get through: no answer.) At the appointment time, the clerk checked all paperwork to make sure everything is in order. He was very civil; he did not make any comments about the gender change.)
Snail mailed the following via registered mail:
- Completed DS-11 form
- Copy of court order (if changing name)
- Copy of physician's statement
- One passport photo (attached to DS-11 form).
ETA for new passport is approximately two weeks.
- You cannot use form DS-82. I used DS-82 and got an email rejection saying "gender listed on your application is different from the one on your citizenship evidence". I also got a hard-copy letter to the same effect, which letter I had to include with my subsequent application.
I ultimately used form DS-11.