THE NEXT STEP: The Gender Recognition Panel assesses the application. The panel will contact you again if they need further information or more proof.
There are several ways to contact the administrative team at the Gender Recognition Panel. You can send them an email or phone them to check the progress on your application.
If You get a Full Gender Recognition Certificate
Following a successful application for the full certificate you will receive further information on several issues including:
- How to get a new birth certificate, marriage certificate, or civil partnership (where it is appropriate).
- Which organisations you must inform about your gender change.
Getting a full Gender Recognition Certificate can affect pensions, social security benefits, and National Insurance. Read the ‘Gender Recognition Certificate: pensions and benefits note‘ for further details.
If the Panel Turns Down Your Application
If an application gets rejected the panel will inform you why they turned it down. In some cases, you can appeal the decision. But, as a general rule, you would need to prove there was an incorrect point of law applied to your case.
The decision letter explains how to appeal or apply again for a Gender Recognition Certificate. The area that you live in will determine where you need to apply.
If You get the Interim Certificate
If the panel grant you an interim certificate you will receive extra information on:
- How to annul or dissolve the marriage (or civil partnership).
- The deadline for converting a civil partnership to a marriage (where applicable).
Gender Recognition Legislation
In the United Kingdom, a tribunal must follow the law according to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. It must also follow these amendments:
- Schedule 5, Section 12 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
- Part 4 of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014