The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020
The Rules have been notified in the Gazette of India. Rules are also available on the official website of Ministry (socialjustice.nic.in) , National Portal of Transgender Persons (transgender.dosje.gov.in)
National Portal for Transgender Persons
The National Portal for Transgender Person assists in applying for a Certificate and Identity card digitally from anywhere in the country. The most important benefit is that it helps the transgender person to get the Certificate of Identity without any physical interface and without having to visit any office. Through the Portal, they can monitor the status of their application that ensures transparency in the process.
Transgender persons1 are eligible to apply for certification on the National Portal for Transgender Person.________________________________________
1 "transgender person" means a person whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at birth and includes trans-man or trans-woman (whether or not such person has undergone Sex Reassignment Surgery or hormone therapy or laser therapy or such other therapy), person with intersex variations, gender queer and person having such socio-cultural identities as kinner, hijra, aravani and jogta.
No, the applicant does not have to mention their preferences in terms of trans-men or trans-women, it will be displayed as Transgender person.
Click on this hyperlink: Applicant Registration . It will lead the applicant to the home page with sign in/register here option for new registrants. The applicant after registration can login through the same page for further process.
The following documents are required for becoming eligible for the certification:
- Proof of residential address (Any) Refer: Form – 1 [See rules 2(d), 3(1) and 6(1)] Transgender Persons (Protection of Right) Rules, 2020
- Photo identification
- Signature and/or thumb impression
- Affidavit format and/or medical certificate. Refer: Form – 2 [See rules 2(b) and 4(1)] Affidavit Form
The Applicant may produce an affidavit declaration instead of a residential proof for their certification in case the residential proof is not available.
Manuals in text and video form have been provided on the Portal for the applicants to guide through the procedure of registration. A hyperlink has been provided of the manual for easy access: Manual. For any technical query, kindly contact on the phone number: +91-7923268279.
It is not mandatory for the applicant to apply from their home state. However, the Applicant must reside for at least 12 months/ 1 year in other state before applying for the certification.
Yes, the Affidavit format (English version) is available on the “Download” tab of the home page of National Portal for Transgender person. A hyperlink is provided of the Affidavit format for easy access: Affidavit Form
The applicant may visit the nearest office of the Social Welfare Department for further information and assistance for filling the application form.
No. The application process is free of cost.
The time taken for processing the application depends on the verification process followed by district up to a maximum of 30 Days.
There are two help desks available for assistance.
Online/offline workshops shall be conducted in the future based on requirement. Recent updates on seminars/workshops can be found on the social media handles and website of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowement (http://socialjustice.nic.in), National Portal for Transgender persons (https://transgender.dosje.gov.in) and National Institute of Social Defence (http://www.nisd.gov.in)
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|Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJ&E)
|National Institute of Social Defence (NISD)
The portal is under process to accommodate multiple languages for a better user experience while filling the application. Currently Portal is available in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati and Bengali languages.
The certification takes a maximum of 30 days to process. The Applicant can raise a query on the grievance tab through their registered ID on the portal for follow-up.
If a transgender person undergoes medical intervention towards a gender affirming procedure, either as a male or female, such person may apply in the Form – 1, along with a certificate issued to that effect by the Medical Superintendent or Chief Medical Officer of the medical institution in which that person has undergone the said medical intervention, to the District Magistrate for the issue of a revised certificate of identity.
No, process is completely online.
Once the Certificate of Identity and Identity card are issued, the applicant can download and print it from the Portal itself.
No, on single application for Certificate of Identity and Identity Card would also be issued
The benefits of having a certification/ transgender person identity card are as follows:
- It helps in identification of the Transgender Person
- By issuance of these documents, a transgender person is entitled to change name & gender in all official documents.
- For availing benefits under the Central government schemes and programmes
An Affidavit in the format as given under Form-2 of the said Act along with the filled application.
For determination of the place of residence, the applicant shall have to reside in the area under the jurisdiction of the District Magistrate as on the date of application and an affidavit to this effect shall be submitted in Form-2.
There is no specific format for a medical certificate which has to be obtained from the hospital after the gender affirmation surgery. As per the rules it is stated that the district authorities may verify if required but it is not mandatory. Doctor’s notes in the case of international applicants can also be considered.
Having a TG certificate is not mandatory to issue the revised certificate under Section 7 of TG Rules 2020.
Physical verification to confirm the identity of the applicant as transgender person from the neighbourhood is not necessary, it is a violation of the TG Act, 2019 and should not be practised to issue the certificate & and identity card.
As per Section 1 (h) of the said Act, “medical institution” means any medical institution whether hospital or clinic, private or public, in rural areas or urban or overseas.
As per Section 1(i) of the said Act, “medical intervention” includes any gender-affirming medical intervention undertaken by an individual to facilitate the transition to their self-identified gender, including but not limited to counselling, hormonal therapy, and surgical intervention, if any.
Remote areas means tribal areas, villages and other places where no internet or computer facilities are available.
Disadvantaged conditions include illiterate TG person, mentally ill, handicapped, distressed and other TG persons deem fit.
A person below the age of 18 years is considered a Child as prescribed under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
The Shelter homes for Transgender Persons to be supported by ministry are named as Garima Greh.
The ministry has initiated 12 pilot shelter homes namely “Garima Greh” for Transgender Persons. The MoSJ&E provides financial assistance to Community based Organizations (CBOs) for setting up & maintenance of the shelter homes for Transgender Persons.
Garima Greh are in the states of Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
Main aim of Garima Greh is to provide safe and secure shelter to Transgender persons in need.
Garima Greh provides basic amenities like food, medical care, recreational facilities and also conducts capacity-building/skill development programmes for Transgender Persons.
Yes. Ministry has issue an advisory to Transgender Persons regarding Covid appropriate behavior.
Covid Advisory issued by the Ministry is available on the National Portal for Transgender Persons(https://transgender.dosje.gov.in/)
To provide psychological support and mental health care to Transgender Persons during Covid lockdown period. The advice on the helpline is provided by professional Psychologists.