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Applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate

Getting a Gender Recognition Certificate

This section explains how to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate in the United Kingdom. Use this guide to help you make an informed decision about changing your gender.

GENDER RECOGNITION: There is a set process for getting an acquired gender 'legally' recognised in the United Kingdom.

You would need to make an application to the Gender Recognition Panel.

If the request is successful you would then receive a Gender Recognition Certificate.

There are three (3) different application tracks (called routes) to get the certificate. But, the track (or route) that you choose will depend on your particular situation.

HMCTS have produced a general guide (T455) for all users to read before applying. It may help you decide how to apply for a gender recognition under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Standard Application Track

You should use form T450 to apply to the Gender Recognition Panel through the 'standard route'. This application track (route) would apply if all these are true for your situation:

Note: You must use the standard route application if you live in Northern Ireland.

Alternative Application Track

You should use form T464 to apply to the Gender Recognition Panel using the 'alternative route'. This application track (route) would apply if all these are true for your situation:

Protected Characteristics Marriage and Civil Partnership

A protected marriage or civil partnership is one that includes any of the following circumstances, such as:

Overseas Application Track

You should use form T4535 if you are applying through the overseas route. It is the only method to use if your acquired gender has been 'legally' accepted in one of the 'approved countries or territories'. You would need to have the legal documents to prove it.

Applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate

Fill in the most relevant form and send it to the panel with any supporting documents needed for the application.

Gender Recognition Panel
Email: GRPenquiries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 1234 503
Call charges in the United Kingdom.

PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ

Note: The application fee is £140. Applicants who get certain benefits or get a low income may qualify for help with court fees.

Getting a Gender Recognition Certificate when Married or in a Civil PartnershipMarried or in a Civil Partnership

What happens to spouses in a marriage and couples who are living in a civil partnership after getting the Gender Recognition Certificate?


Documents Needed for Gender Recognition CertificateRequired Documentation

Several factors determine what documents you need to provide for the application. You must also send a report that includes the details of any treatment you had.


What Happens after an Application for Gender Recognition CertificateWhat happens after an Application

You will receive one of three different outcomes after you submit the application and documentation. The guide explains what happens next and how a tribunal follows current legislation.


Extra Help and Advice

Several voluntary organisations offer further information and support (e.g. the Citizens Advice). You can also read through the details in the general guide (T455) or contact a legal adviser.

Application for a Gender Recognition Certificate in the United Kingdom