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.

The Gender Recognition Panel, part of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, assesses applications from transsexual people to provide legal recognition of gender change.

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.

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 – Gender Recognition Provisions

The Scottish Government has announced that the first marriages of same sex couples in Scotland will take place in December 2014. The gender recognition provisions under the Scottish Act are expected to come into force on 16 December 2014.  These provisions will affect those applicants whose marriages or civil partnerships were registered in Scotland.  

If you apply in Scotland before the 16 December on the old forms your application will be processed under the existing gender recognition provisions. If you are applying under the new provisions using the new forms and statutory declarations and you send in your completed forms before 16 December, then your application will be treated as having been received on that date.  Your application will be held and will not be considered until after the 16 December.  

How to make an application

Use the application form, guidance and process flowchart for guidance.

If applying from outside the UK, use the overseas application form.

Make sure you have read the Guide for users before completing the forms.

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.

The fee for making an application is £140. You may be able to apply for the fee to be reduced – EX160A Court and tribunal fees – do I have to pay them

Send the form, supporting evidence and fee to:

Gender Recognition Panel
PO Box 9300

Phone: +44 (0) 300 1234 503

What happens next

The panel will assess your application and the evidence supplied.

If your application is successful you will be issued with a temporary or full certificate.

If your application is not successful the panel will provide full reasons for its decision. 

If you think that the panel acted unlawfully you may be able to appeal. Guidance on making an appeal will be sent with the decision letter.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service


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