Irish Trans People Can Now Apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate
Today (Tuesday 8th September), the application form for the Gender Recognition Certificate was launched by the Department of Social Protection. Trans people over the age of 18 will now be able to apply to have their preferred gender legally recognised by completing a simple form, which includes a Statutory Declaration. Once they’ve received their Gender Recognition Certificate they will be able to obtain a new birth certificate.
The application form and explanatory notes are available here.
Who Can Apply?
A Gender Recognition Certificate can be issued to a person who:
Has their birth recorded in either the register of births or the adopted children register maintained by an tArd-Chláraitheoir (General Register Office) OR
Is registered on the foreign birth register maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade OR
Is ordinarily resident in Ireland AND
Is at least 18 years of age on the date of application (see below for more information on legal recognition of 16 & 17 year olds).
How to Apply
Complete the GRC1 application form (available here). The form includes a Statutory Declaration which must be witnessed by one of the following: Peace Commissioner/Notary Public/Commissioner for Oaths/Solicitor.
The following documents should be attached to 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.
If you wish to have a name other than that on your original birth certificate shown on the Gender Recognition Certificate, evidence of “use and repute” over two years or a Deed Poll for a change of name which has been enrolled in the High Court (see below).
Send the completed application form, along with the relevant required documents from the list above, to the following address:
For attention of G. Mc Gourty/M. Dwyer/K. Cornyn Client Identity Services Department of Social Protection Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim, N41 KD81
Change of Name
If you wish to have a name other than that on your original birth certificate shown on the Gender Recognition Certificate, you will need to provide either evidence of “use and repute” over two years or a Deed Poll for a change of name which has been enrolled in the High Court.
The ”use and repute” of the preferred name can be proven by providing documentary evidence from two different sources (e.g. Passport, driver’s licence, college identification card, pay slip, utility bills, bank statements or official correspondence from a public or private sector organisation) which show at least two years usage of the preferred name.
Legal Recognition for Young People
Young people aged 16 & 17 may also apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate once they have parental/guardian consent and two certificates from medical practitioners (See section 12 of the Gender Recognition Act). If you are 16 or 17, you will need a Court Order from the Circuit Family Court exempting you from the requirement to be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate.
Information for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate for 16 & 17 years olds is available here.
Obtaining a New Birth Certificate
A certificate issued from the Register of Gender Recognition is the equivalent of a birth certificate drawn from the general register of births or the adopted children register and will satisfy all requirements where a person is asked to provide a birth certificate.
When a person’s details are entered on the Register of Gender Recognition and they require a certified copy of this entry, they can apply to any of the above contacts in writing, requesting a certified copy of their entry in the Register of Gender Recognition. They should also provide their address and contact details so that the General Register Office can confirm their details. The certificate will be issued to the address provided by registered post. A fee of €20.00 is payable for the provision of a certified copy.
For Further Information
If you need any help completing the application form, please contact Client Identity Services at the Department of Social Protection. Designated contact people: Geraldine Mc Gourty (071 9672659), Mary Dwyer (071 9672588) or Kathleen Cornyn (071 9672582).