The Gender Recognition Act 2015 provides that a person can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate in order to have their preferred gender recognised by the State.
Once a Gender Recognition Certificate is issued, the gender of the person named on the certificate becomes for all purposes the preferred gender from that date forward.
Accordingly, if the preferred gender is the male gender the person’s sex becomes that of a man, and if it is the female gender the person’s sex becomes that of a woman.
The effect of the legal recognition is not retrospective. All rights, responsibilities and consequences of actions by you prior to the date of recognition of your preferred gender remain unaffected.
You can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate if you are at least 18 years of age and you are:
You can also apply if you were born outside the State but are ordinarily resident in the State. Evidence of your birth is required.
An application can be made on behalf of a child aged 16 years or over if a court order is obtained that exempts the child from meeting the age requirement.
You can have the Gender Recognition Certificate issued in a different name to that on your birth certificate.
You have to provide:
If you have changed gender under the law of another state, you can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.
You will have to provide a copy of the relevant decision, order or certificate.
To apply, complete the application form at the bottom of this page.
The form includes a Statutory Declaration which must be witnessed by one of the following:
Attach the following documents with your application:
Send the completed application form and supporting documents to:
If you are issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate, your gender (and name - if changed) will be updated on the record associated with your Personal Public Service (PPS) Number on the department’s central records database.
If you are registered in the register of births, the adopted children register, the register of intercountry adoptions or the foreign births register, when you receive your Gender Recognition Certificate you can apply to the appropriate authority to have your details relating to your gender entered in the appropriate gender recognition register.
You apply to:
A certified copy of an entry in one of the above gender recognition registers can be used if you have to provide a birth certificate.
The following people can apply for a copy of your entry in the register:
You apply to the GRO for a certified copy of your entry in the register of gender recognition using the Application for a Certificate of an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition.
A certified copy of an entry costs €20.