As of April 11, 2022, Americans now have the option of indicating their gender with an “X” on passports acknowledging the rights of people who do not identify as male or female.
WRAL-TV says the State Department announced in a statement that it would expand the gender-neutral option to all applicants next year after it updates its policies on passports and U.S. citizenship certificates for children born abroad.
The previous policy for changing a gender marker on a passport required medical certification to be included with the application, which was available only to those who had transitioned from one gender to another. That application is no longer required.
More than a half-dozen other countries — including Canada, Australia, Argentina, Nepal and New Zealand — have adopted similar policies. About 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow an “X” gender designation on driver’s licenses.