Change of Gender Designation on Documents: USCIS

USCIS issued policy memorandum and accompanying revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) regarding procedures and requirements to change the gender designation on a USCIS-issued document.

Individuals may now request a change in the gender reflected on a USCIS-issued document using the standard USCIS form for requesting the desired document.

USCIS will issue an initial or amended document reflecting the changed gender designation if the individual presents one of the following forms of evidence in support of the change in gender designation along with meeting all other requirements for the requested document:

A court order granting change of sex or gender;

A government-issued document reflecting the requested gender designation. Acceptable government-issued documents include an amended birth certificate, a passport, a driver’s license, or other official document showing identity issued by the U.S. Government, a state or local government in the United States, or a foreign government; or

A letter from a licensed health care professional certifying that the requested gender designation is consistent with the individual’s gender identity. For the purposes of this subchapter, a licensed health care professional includes licensed counselors, nurse practitioners, physicians (Medical Doctors or Doctors of Osteopathy), physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, and therapists. The health care certification letter must include the following information:

The health care professional’s full name, address, and telephone number;

The health care professional’s license number and the issuing state, country, or other jurisdiction of the professional license;

Language stating that the health care professional has treated or evaluated the individual in relation to the individual’s gender identity1; and

The health care professional’s assessment of the individual’s gender identity.

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