A Gender Recognition Certificate can be used to change and legally recognise your affirmed gender.
Whilst changing your legal gender is a personal decision and is not required by gender identity clinics, employers or other institutions, a Gender Recognition Certificate does allow you to:
– update your birth/adoption certificate if it was registered in the UK;
– get married or form a civil partnership in your affirmed gender;
– update your marriage or civil partnership if it was registered in the UK; and
– have your affirmed gender on your death certificate when you die.
When you apply for a certificate, the Gender Recognition Panel, made up of people with legal or medical qualifications, will review your application. They must be satisfied that you: have or have had gender dysphoria; have lived in your preferred legal gender for two years before you make your application; and intend to continue living in your true gender until your death.
It is important to note that non-binary genders are not legally recognised in the UK, you can only apply to be recognised as male or female. Further, your entitlement to some benefits and pensions, as well as your partner’s entitlement to your pension, may change based on your affirmed gender. For more information on this contact your benefit or pension provider.