Gender Recognition Panel guidance
Wanting to have a change of gender legally recognised
If you are over 18 years old and have lived in your chosen gender for more than 2 years, or you have changed gender in certain countries outside the UK and you want to have your new gender recognised in the UK, you can apply to the Gender Recognition Panel for a gender recognition certificate.
To make an application you must be able to show:
- You have, or have had, gender dysphoria
- You have lived fully for the last two years in your acquired gender
- You intend to live permanently in your acquired gender
If applying from outside the UK you must show that you have been recognised in your acquired gender.
How to make an application
Please also read the guide Gender Recognition Certificate: pensions and benefits note. How getting a full Gender Recognition Certificate may affect National Insurance, pensions and other social security benefits.