How To Apply For a Gender Recognition Certificate

Repost from Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

How To Apply For a Gender Recognition Certificate

Here’s what we know about this process so far. We will be updating this page regularly as we receive new information. (Last updated: Tuesday, 8th September at 11:30am.)

The Gender Recognition Act allows all individuals over the age of 18 to self-declare their own gender identity. Young people aged 16-17 can also be legally recognised, though the process is more onerous. A copy of the Act can be found here.

The Gender Recognition Certificate application form and further information on the application process is available on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

The application form can also be obtained through the post by contacting
Client Identity Services
Department of Social Protection
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co. Leitrim
N41 KD81

You can also contact Client Identity Services by phone at Lo Call 1890 927999.

Who can apply?

anyone whose birth has been recorded in either the register of births or the adopted children register maintained by the General Register Office
OR
anyone registered on the foreign birth register maintained by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
OR
anyone who is ordinarily resident in Ireland
AND
is at least 18 years of age on the date of application

What do I need to apply?

To apply for a Gender Recognition certificate, you need to supply the following:

your Personal Public Service (PPS) Number (find out how to apply for one here)

a completed GRC1 application form (you can download it here)

your birth certificate or adoption certificate

proof of residency in Ireland, if you were not born in Ireland

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 have changed your name by Deed Poll and wish to have that name shown on your Gender Recognition Certificate, the Deed Poll, which must have been enrolled in the High Court

if you wish to have a name other than the one on your birth certificate shown on on your Gender Recognition Certificate, but you have not changed your name by Deed Poll, evidence of “use and repute” over two years (i.e. documentary evidence from two different sources such as your 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 year’s usage of that name)

How do I apply?

complete the GRC1 application form (you can download it here)
sign the declaration at part 2 of the form and have it witnessed by one of the following: Peace Commissioner, Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths or Solicitor

attach the required documents listed above

post the form and documents to
Client Identity Services
Department of Social Protection
Shannon Lodge
Carrick-on-Shannon
Co. Leitrim
N41 KD81

If you have any questions about this process or need help with completing the application form, please contact Client Identity Services on 071 9672588.

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