Transgender Citizens of New Zealand Can Now Easily Change Gender On Passport

Transgender Citizens of New Zealand Can Now Easily Change Gender On Passport

Transgender citizens of New Zealand will be able to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration.

The new procedure came into effect on Friday (30 November) allows people to state their gender as male, female or ‘X’ (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to change their birth certificates or citizenship records.

A New Zealand passport office spokesman said gender changes on passports could now be made purely by a statutory declaration stating a person’s preferred sex or gender identity and how long they have had that identity.

A commission report stated that about 400 people have already recorded their gender as ‘X’.

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