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The Gender Recognition Act 2004 created a process to enable trans people to change their sex recorded on their UK birth certificates. At least two years after they have socially transitioned and changed their gender on other official documents, a trans person can apply to the UK Gender Recognition Panel for a Gender Recognition Certificate.
To apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate under the standard application process, a trans person needs to demonstrate that:
To apply for UK Gender Recognition under the overseas application process, a trans person needs to demonstrate that they are at least 18 years old and that they are already legally recognised as their acquired gender in a country or territory that is on the Gender Recognition Panel’s approved list.
Full information about the application procedures, detailed guidance on the legal effects of Gender Recognition, and application forms are available from the Gender Recognition Panel website.
If you are struggling with the gender recognition application process, you can contact us for assistance.
We are currently campaigning for the process of getting legal gender recognition to be made easier. You can find out more about our Equal Recognition Campaign at www.equalrecognition.scot
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Scottish Trans Alliance (Scottish Trans for short) is the Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. The Equality Network is a leading Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity.
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