Gender recognition: caseworker guidance

Tells HM Passport Office staff about customers who ask for a change of gender on their passport.



This guidance tells HM Passport Office staff what we mean by gender recognition.

It also tells them:

  • how a customer can ask for a change to the gender on their passport
  • what evidence the customer must send
  • how to examine an application
  • how to deal with applications to change a child’s gender
  • about the Gender Recognition Act
  • what the gender recognition panel is and how to contact them
Published 9 February 2010
Last updated 10 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updates in line with new legislation, including a link to the Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories and Saving Provision) Order 2024.

  2. This guidance has been updated to reflect the change in our sovereign from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to His Majesty King Charles III.

  3. Accessible version added.

  4. Updated guidance.

  5. First published.