Gender Recognition


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The Gender Recognition Act 2015 provides that a person can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in order to have their preferred gender recognised by the State. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection  application form for a Gender Recognition Certificate can be viewed here.

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.

A person whose birth has been registered in the register of births maintained under section 13 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 or whose adoption is registered in the Adopted Children Register maintained under section 84 of the Adoption Act 2010 who has been issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection may apply in writing to the General Register Office asking that required particulars, relating to the recognition of their gender, be entered in the Register of Gender Recognition. Application form for entry in the Register of Gender Recognition.

A person can  apply for a copy of a birth or adoption entry in the Register of Gender Recognition only when an entry has been made in the Register of Gender Recognition. As above, this is available for all births registered in the register of births maintained under section 13 of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 or whose adoption is registered in the Adopted Children Register maintained under section 84 of the Adoption Act 2010.

How to apply for a copy of an entry (birth or adoption certificate) in the Register of Gender Recognition

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.

You can download an application form that includes details of fees and payment methods here.

Every person that is being issued with a Gender Recognition Certificate form from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will be issued with

  1. An application form for entry in the Register of Gender Recognition and
  2. An application form for a birth or adoption certificate of an entry in the Register of Gender Recognition.
Last modified:17/11/2016