Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Public Services Card
1039. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if consideration will be given to removing the requirement for a deed poll to be completed in order to receive a public services card in circumstances in which a gender recognition certificate has already been issued; if the decision on this matter will be made at an early date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15793/21]
I can confirm that there is no requirement for a person who has been issued a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) to provide evidence of a Deed Poll change of name or two years proof of usage of their new name, before being issued a Public Services Card (PSC)
Where an individual holds a PSC in their previous identity, they will need to replace it with a new PSC to reflect their new identity. To do so, they can present their GRC, showing their new name, when they attend an office to be issued with a new PSC.
If they do not already hold a PSC, they can present their GRC showing their new name when they attend a PSC appointment.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.