Generally speaking, persons who have received different forms of treatments by professional psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, including psychotherapy, hormonal treatment and real-life experience of the chosen gender role for a period of time may be recommended for sex re-assignment surgery (SRS).
Persons who have undergone the above treatments and have completed SRS should follow the below procedures and submit application together with the relevant supporting documents to reflect their change of sex on their identity cards:
(a) produce a medical proof which should indicate that the following criteria for the completion of SRS are met:
(i) for sex change from female to male
- removal of the uterus and ovaries; and
- construction of a penis or some form of a penis;
(ii) for sex change from male to female
- removal of the penis and testes; and
- construction of a vagina;
(b) In general, the medical proof should be produced by the doctor who performed the SRS in accordance with the criteria as set out above;
(c) If the SRS was performed outside Hong Kong, the medical proof should carry the doctor’s medical qualification, place where the medical qualification is obtained and other contact information of the doctor;
(d) Where there are difficulties in obtaining the relevant medical proof from the doctor who performed the SRS outside Hong Kong, the applicant may request a Hong Kong registered doctor to give an assessment on the SRS that has been undergone;
(e) Please refer to the sample medical certificates which are available through the following link.
Other forms of medical proof used by medical practitioners may also be accepted when the relevant information supporting the application is contained; and
(f) Upon receipt of the relevant documents, consideration will be given to whether to allow amendment of the personal particular sought by an applicant having regard to the particular circumstances of the case.
Notes to applicants:
- Further information may be required for processing the applications depending on case circumstances.
- To ensure consistency in identity documents and avoid possible inconveniences, the applicant may be required to make corresponding changes to other identity documents (e.g. travel documents) as necessary.