Gender Recognition Certificate


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Gender Recognition Certificate

Gender Recognition Act, 2015

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.

The full text of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 can be viewed here

The Gender Recognition Act 2015 was amended by the Marriage Act 2015 to remove the requirement to be single.

The full text of the Marriage Act 2015 can be viewed here.

The key requirement for applicants for gender recognition is to sign a Statutory Declaration which states:

“I do solemnly and sincerely declare that I

  1.  have a settled and solemn intention to live in the preferred gender for the rest of my life,
  2. understand the consequences of the application,
    and
  3. make this application of my own free will.”

The Statutory Declaration forms part of the GRC 1 Application Form(see below for more details).

What is the effect of obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate?

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 issuing of a gender recognition certificate does not in any way affect the rights or liabilities of a person or the consequences of an action by the person in their original gender prior to the date of issue of the certificate.

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.

Who is entitled to apply for gender recognition?

A Gender Recognition Certificate can be issued to a person who:

  • has his/her 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 registered in the register of intercountry adoptions maintained by the Adoption Authority of Ireland or
  • is ordinarily resident in Ireland    AND
  • is at least 18 years of age on the date of application.

Updating of details on the Department’s database.

If you are issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate, your gender (and name - if changed) will be updated on the record associated with your PPS Number on the Department’s central records database.

          
How to apply

Complete the GRC1 application form.   The form includes a Statutory Declaration which must be witnessed by one of the following: Peace Commissioner/Notary Public/Commissioner for Oaths/Solicitor.

Attach the relevant required documents

  • 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 are aged between 16 and  18, 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.
  • 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

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 Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co Leitrim
N41 KD81

If help is required to complete the application form, contact either Geraldine Mc Gourty 071 9672588, Mary Dwyer 071 9672549 or Kathleen Cornyn 071 9672582.
 
 

Applications where a person has attained the age of 16 but not 18 years

Under Section 12 of the Gender Recognition Act of 2015, an application for a Gender Recognition Certificate made on behalf of a child who has attained the age of 16 but not 18 years, may only be considered if furnished with an order from the Circuit Family Court. This Order will exempt the applicant from the requirement to have attained the age of 18 before he/she applies for gender recognition.

See the following link to the website of the Courts Service for forms that may be used to apply for a court order. Scroll down to find the forms located under the heading Gender Recognition Act 2015.
 

How to apply to an tArd-Chláraitheoir (the General Register Office (GRO)) to be registered on the Register of Gender Recognition 

Once a person whose birth or adoption was registered in either the register of births or the adopted children register maintained by an tArd-Chláraitheoir  (General Register Office) is issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate, the Department sends a copy of the Gender Recognition Certificate, along with the person’s name, address, contact details and Birth or Adoption Certificate to an tArd-Chláraitheoir or to the Adoption Authority of Ireland, as appropriate.

A person who has been issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate may apply to the General Register Office asking that required particulars, relating to the recognition of their gender, be entered on the Register of Gender Recognition. 

Requests should be sent for the attention of either, Mr Brendan O'Loughlin, Mr Con Connolly or Ms Marie Egan.

General Register Office
Government Buildings
Convent Road
Roscommon

(Phone contacts - (09066) 32920, 32954 and 32953 or GRO switch 09066 32900)

 

How to apply for a copy of an entry (birth certificate) on the Register of Gender Recognition.

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 in respect of the provision of a certified copy.

The only persons that may apply for a copy of an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition are -

  1. the person to whom the entry on the register relates
  2. the surviving spouse or civil partner
  3. if no surviving spouse or civil partner, the child
  4. if no surviving spouse or civil partner or child, a parent, or
  5. if no surviving spouse or civil partner, child or parent, a surviving brother or sister.

 

Persons registered on the foreign births register

Once a person whose birth was registered on the foreign birth register maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has been issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate, they should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to request that they be entered on the register of gender recognition of foreign births. 

 

Persons registered on the Register of Intercountry Adoptions

Once a person whose adoption is registered on the register of intercountry adoptions maintained by the Adoption Authority of Ireland is issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate, the Department sends a copy of the Gender Recognition Certificate, along with the person’s name, address, contact details and Birth or Adoption Certificate to the Adoption Authority of Ireland. A person who has been issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate may apply to the Adoption Authority of Ireland asking that required particulars, relating to the recognition of their gender, be entered on the register of gender recognition of intercountry adoptions.

Last modified:23/09/2016