Gender Recognition Act 2015

Number 25 of 2015



Updated to 1 January 2019

This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Act 2018 (42/2018), enacted 27 December 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) Act 2017 (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 1 of 2019), made 3 January 2019, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 25 of 2015



Updated to 1 January 2019



Preliminary and General


1. Short title and commencement

2. Interpretation

3. Regulations

4. Expenses of Minister

5. Service of documents

6. Records and annual report

7. Review of operation of Act


Applications and Appeals Relating to Gender Recognition

8. Application for a gender recognition certificate

9. Persons who may apply for a gender recognition certificate

10. Requirements on application for a gender recognition certificate

11. Requirements on application where recognition in another jurisdiction

12. Application to court for exemption

13. Gender recognition certificate

14. Revocation by Minister

15. Application to Minister to revoke a gender recognition certificate

16. Error in a gender recognition certificate

17. Appeal


Gender Recognition Certificate

18. Effect of gender recognition certificate generally

19. Parenthood

20. Disposal or devolution of property

21. Personal representatives and trustees

22. Orders where expectations defeated

23. Gender specific offences


Civil Registration

24. Amendment of section 2 of Act of 2004

25. Amendment of section 8 of Act of 2004

26. Amendment of section 13 of Act of 2004

27. Part 3A of the Civil Registration Act 2004

28. Amendment of section 61 of Act of 2004

29. Amendment of section 63 of Act of 2004

30. Amendment of First Schedule to Act of 2004

31. Amendment of section 27 of Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956

32. Amendment of section 3 of Act of 2010

33. Amendment of Chapter 2 of Part 10 of Act of 2010

34. Regulations relating to register of gender recognition of intercountry adoptions

35. Amendment of section 96 of Act of 2010


Miscellaneous Provisions

36. Offences and penalties

37. Circuit Family Court

38. Amendment of Passports Act 2008

Number 25 of 2015



Updated to 1 January 2019

An Act to recognise change of gender; to provide for gender recognition certificates; to amend the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, the Civil Registration Act 2004, the Passports Act 2008 and the Adoption Act 2010; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

[22 nd July, 2015]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: