Change your gender in your passport
Your New Zealand passport can be issued in your preferred gender without you needing to change these details on your birth or citizenship record.
The gender in your passport can be:
- M (male)
- F (female)
- X (gender diverse).
To change the gender in your passport, you need to apply for a new passport.
Applying for an adult
If you want your passport issued in a gender that is different to what is on your birth record, citizenship record or previous passport, write your preferred gender of male, female or X in the 'changing your gender' box in the personal details section of the passport application form.
You must meet all other usual passport requirements.
If you are applying for your first passport
Apply for your passport online
If you are renewing your passport and you have changed your name
You need to complete a new adult passport application (PDF 1.2MB)
If you are renewing your passport and your name is the same
You need to complete an adult passport renewal application (PDF 1.3MB)
Applying for a child aged 15 years or under
If you want your child’s passport issued in a gender that is different to what is on their birth record, citizenship record or previous passport, write their preferred gender of male, female or X in the 'changing your gender' box in the personal details section of the passport application form.
You also need to provide a letter from a registered counsellor or medical professional which supports this change.
Your child must meet all other usual passport requirements.
If you are applying for your child’s first passport
Apply for your child's passport online
If you are renewing your child's passport
You need to complete a child passport application (PDF 1.5MB)
International travel and gender X
While New Zealand recognises gender X on passports, other international travel authorisation systems and eGates may not. As a result, you may be asked to label your gender as either 'male' or 'female' when travelling.
You may want to check with the embassy or high commission of the countries you want to visit or transit through to ask about any entry requirements.
Multiple changes in gender
If you have had multiple gender or name changes, and you have previously travelled to a country under different details, you may encounter delays at border controls. It may also affect your ability to confirm your identity.
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) recommends you carefully consider these implications before changing your gender in your passport.
Where there has been more than one change in gender, you need to submit your previous passport with your passport application. Your previous passport will be cancelled and returned to you. DIA reserves the right to request the return of your passport or travel document at any time.
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