Pam Spaulding broke the news last night:
The Blend has just learned that the State Department, through Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael D. Kirby of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, has announced a major change affecting those who are seeking passports and are undergoing transition or have completed gender reassignment.
The statement from the State Department, which was also forwarded to us by the White House press office is here. It reads in part:
Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender. The guidelines include detailed information about what information the certification must include. It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician’s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition. No additional medical records are required. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender.