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  •  They used to give you a year (5+ / 0-)

    I know.  I had one of those once. I had to submit the letters of surgical modification from my doctor in Portland to the Amsterdam Consulate (my country of residence), a stack of apolstilled surgeon's certification of GRS, and wait a week for the new one to come through the Dutch post.  The last time I had to renew, in Seattle, there were digital reproductions of those letters on the screen when she called up my file.  

    But now physician certification of completed process is the criteria.  A different thing, and by my reading, more approachable.

    http://travel.state.gov/...

    As I understand it if you have a physician's certification that the "process is complete" then you can get a ten year passport.  They provide a sample letter for a physician.  

    I live in Washington State and passed through the system at a more narrowly defined time, so my thoughts may be a bit suspect,, but I find a current passport is just a good thing to have, at a very reasonable price all things considered. Passports are magical.

    Sorry about the SS person. My understanding is that the switching it up is policy with a name court order and they have now done it for generations of us.  I had to go back twice once to get a clerk who would actually do something other than twitch, but it is a large organization and the odds are on your side.

    But, my 2 cents, renew the passport.  It is a big stick in these things and I think we can use a few big sticks.  

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:41:57 PM PST

    •  it should still be ok as ID in the US (1+ / 0-)
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      as most places including work places accept a passport - expired or not - as proof of citizenship and sidestep the washed Social Security Card.

      I am well aware of the new hoops for another passport - I've been fighting them over a year.  It's nice if you can GET surgery, or want surgery - I can't afford it. I want my chest done and I really don't care past that - I'm in my 40s, FtM and just don't care anymore.  Aside from the fact our options below the belt are pretty horrid.

      After 4 letters from my doctor I finally had someone who would actually talk to me from the Seattle Passport office explain that while they were sending me form letters about doctors, what they really wanted was my name change.

      So while passports can be magical, they can still be a real pain in the ass for poor trans people to get - new rules or not.  Only rich trans people are allowed outside the US, even with the changes.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:49:35 AM PST

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      •  "Completed process" (0+ / 0-)

        ...should not require either wanting or getting surgery.  But it does require an arc of engagement which, as you say, costs money.  And yeah, they want that unbroken description of identity from birth to application, and the less money and access you have, the harder it is to piece that together.  If your ticket is in hand they will help you in person as the date approaches, at least they did last time I had to renew on short notice.  But that has its own string of cultural assumptions and weird human-bureaucracy interfaces.  Generally being different makes everything that was already hard much harder, a kind of compound interest on being other.

        I'm not poor, at least not on a permanent basis,  but I don't have the proverbial trans "fu money" either.  I have known people from all walks of life to travel, across many different kinds of obstacles, and have bought airplane tickets with absolutely no idea what came after that (albeit I am older now, also in my 40's and late at that, and this is harder to bring myself to do, almost impossible).  I think of travel as basic to being a person, for as long as I can do it...and yeah, it would be a very different thing with more money.    

        But yeah, absolutely everything about being trans costs you money, if you are American.  And to the degree one does not have the money, it is very hard to move the world in a salutary direction.  Having a bit of that myself these days.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:51:17 PM PST

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