It may or may not be time to renew your US Passport. I encourage you to take a look at the expiration date and take advantage of a "Gender Marker" selection option that is available now. You can renew early. As we take into consideration the current political environment, this option may not always be available.
If you have never applied for a US Passport now may be a good time..
For me, this would have been helpful when several times, at a passport checkpoint, my appearance was questioned; "Is this you?" My hair is long and my androgynous look may have added to the confusion. My old passport had a way outdated photo.
A designated gender marker of "X" may have helped alleviated this confusion.
|My New Passport Photo |
(should have been without glasses)
I have renewed my passport with the "unspecified or another gender identity (X)" designated. See the description below from the US Government State Department site. Something to consider while the "X" marker remains available.
You can select the gender marker you would like printed on your U.S. passport.
The gender you select does not need to match the gender on your supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, previous passport, or state ID. We no longer require medical documentation to change the gender marker on your U.S. passport.
You can select male (M), female (F), or unspecified or another gender identity (X) as your gender marker if you are applying for a U.S. passport book or passport card.
You can apply in person or renew by mail for routine or expedited service.
Beginning in late 2023, you will be able to select X as a marker if you are applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
We recommend you use our Form Filler if you are requesting a passport with an X gender marker. If you are having technical issues with the Form Filler, you can download the PDF version of your form."