How to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate
Things you will need are:
A signed statutory declaration.
A copy of your birth certificate.
A deed poll certificate.
Proof you’ve lived in your acquired gender for at least 2 years
This could be anything official like a passport, driving licence, payslip or benefits document or even something as simple as a utility bill in your new name and gender dated from at least 2 years ago.
PASSPORT: You can easily get your gender changed on your passport by sending a letter from your doctor or confirming that your change of gender is likely to be permanent. If you want a new name on your passport you can show your deed poll certificate. Guidance is available from the passport office website for transgender people. The application process is the same as for anyone wanting a replacement passport and costs £75.50.
DRIVING LICENCE: You can change your name or gender on your driving licence for free. The application process is the same as for anyone wanting to update their driving licence (e.g. to reflect a change of name after marriage or a change of title to Dr). You don’t need a letter or diagnosis from a doctor this time, just a signed statutory declaration stating your self-identified gender identity or a deed poll certificate showing your name change.
UTILITY BILL: Getting the title or name on a utility bill updated is even easier and always free. The process varies between service providers. Vodafone offers service called ‘Living As Me’ to support an application for a Gender Recognition Certificate. No proof of identity is needed if you want to change your title from Mr to Miss or Mx etc. The name on your bill can be done by showing a copy of your deed poll.
Two medical reports
A cheque for £140
Is the process for getting a GRC too expensive?
Statutory declaration £20Copy of birth certificate £11Deed Poll certificate £36Proof of living in role (driving license and utility bill) FREEConsultant written report £250Letter from GP £50Application fee £140Miscellaneous costs like recorded delivery and travel expenses £50
Statutory declaration £20Deed Poll certificate £36Letter from GP £50
The government charges application fees for many different entitlements, and there is a large variation in amounts charged: sometimes these fees can be in excess of £1000.
The application fee for adults applying for British citizenship is £1300 and requires documentation to prove residency, £19.20 for your biometric information, £50 to take the ‘Life in the UK‘ test, proof of competency in the English language.
Getting a visa for a non-EU foreign spouse/partner/child costs £1033 per person.
Is the process for getting a GRC too difficult?
For example, an application for Disability Living Allowance consists of 70 questions and requires extensive supplementary evidence such as medical reports plus school and CAMHS reports if the application is for a child. Detailed answers are required about how the child is affected by their disability, ranging from how far they can walk or travel, sensory responses, sleeping, eating, fine and gross motor skills, how much support they need to eat, toilet, self care (or not), get out of or into bed, get to sleep, wake up etc.
Is the process for getting a GRC too intrusive?
Claiming Personal Independent Payments (PIP) requires the individual to supply medical evidence and a face-to-face assessment where they are questioned, in depth, about their health condition, and their life. Often decisions are under continuous review meaning the individual must repeat the process many times.
Access to justice for abuse victims requires individuals to provide very personal evidence of childhood or domestic abuse when applying for legal aid.
Is the process for getting a GRC demeaning?