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Gender change

Verified 05 août 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Do you want to change the gender on your civil registration documents? There is no need for medical treatment or surgery. You must show that the sex shown on your marital status does not match that of your social life. The application is made to the court.

You must be major or emancipated minor.

You must show that the mention of your sex in the civil status acts doesn't match the one you're running under and known to.

For example, you can show the following facts:

  • You come out publicly as such
  • You are known by your relatives and colleagues as such
  • You changed your first name to match this sex

You provide evidence by any means : family testimonies, photographs, documents, medical certificates ...

One fact is not enough. You must provide multiple facts to prove that your social sex does not match your legal gender.

  FYI : if you present a variation in genital development, you can request that the gender and first names be corrected on your civil registration documents. A doctor must have found that your sex does not match the sex on your birth certificate.

You were born in France

The request is made by query to court of your place of residence or place of birth.

Your query should specify whether you want to change one or more of your first names.

You attach evidence.

You can submit the query on site or send by mail.

A lawyer is not required for this procedure.

You are French born in foreigner

The request is made by query to court of your place of residence or court of Nantes.

Your query should specify whether you want to change one or more of your first names.

You attach evidence.

You can submit the query on site or send by mail.

A lawyer is not required for this procedure.

You are a refugee (Ofpra), stateless or a beneficiary of subsidiary protection

If you are a refugee (Ofpra), stateless person or beneficiary of subsidiary protection, the request shall be made by query to Paris court.

Your query should specify whether you want to change one or more of your first names.

You attach evidence.

You can submit the query on site or send by mail.

Who shall I contact

A lawyer is not required for this procedure.

The judge can make the decision in view of your file.

It can organise a hearing board to hear you and any person concerned.

You will receive a call.

If the request is accepted

Rename

The decision to change the sex and first name is on the margin of your birth certificate at the request of Public Prosecutor.

The change is made in 15 days following the date on which decision became final.

If you are married, updating your spouse's marriage certificate and birth certificate with your new name requires consent.

If you are moved, your partner's agreement is not necessary. His birth certificate is updated with your new name, in the mention of the Civil partnerships on the margin.

If you have children, updating their birth certificate with your new name requires the consent of the child if he is an adult (or the agreement of his 2 parents if he is a minor).

Once the birth certificate has been updated, you can change your identity (identity card, passport).

You can inform your various contacts : employer, health insurance, mutual insurance...

First Name Retention

The decision ordering the change of sex is recorded in the margin of your birth certificate at the request of Public Prosecutor.

The change is made in 15 days following the date on which decision became final.

Once the birth certificate has been updated, it is possible to change your credentials (identity card, passport).

You can inform your various contacts : employer, health insurance, mutual insurance...

If the request is denied

You canchallenge decision appeal.

The call is made by declaration or registered lettere transplant of the court that made the decision.

The assistance of lawyer is mandatory.

Call time is 15 days from the decision.