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:
Commissioner for Oaths
Attach the following documents with your application:
birth certificate or adoption certificate
proof of residency in Ireland, if you were not born in Ireland
if you have had your preferred gender recognised in another jurisdiction and wish to have that recognition validated here, a copy of the relevant decision, order or certificate
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.
Registering your gender
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:
the General Register Office (GRO) to be entered in the register of gender recognition if you are registered in the register of births or the adopted children register. Your details will already have been sent to the General Registrar. There is no charge and you apply using the Application for entry in the Register of Gender Recognition
the Adoption Authority of Ireland
to be entered in the register of gender recognition of intercountry adoptions if you are registered in the register of intercountry adoptions. Your details will already have been sent to the Adoption Authority
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
to be entered in the register of gender recognition of foreign births if you are recorded in a foreign births entry book or in the foreign births register
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:
your surviving spouse or civil partner
your child if there is no surviving spouse or civil partner
your parent if there is no surviving spouse, civil partner or child
your brother or sister if there is no surviving spouse, civil partner, child or parent