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.
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
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.