Nonbinary gender designations

PennDOT extends deadlines

Nonbinary gender designations are now available on all Pennsylvania drivers licenses and identification cards.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the decision Thursday to add an “X” gender category. Now, residents can choose between an “F” for female, “M” for male and an “X” for nonbinary.  

Residents wanting to change their gender designation can do so at their PennDOT drivers license office.

“Our identity documents are critical to how we navigate the world,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “I’m proud that we’re taking this step.” 

She stressed he importance of having an affirming and accurate ID to all Pennsylvanians.

“It is critical for access to employment, healthcare, housing and so much more,” she said.

It fits in with PennDOT’s mission of offering equitable and inclusive services for all Pennsylvanians, she said.

Pennsylvania is the 16th state to offer a nonbinary gender designation on its ID cards. Residents can select the option without the sign-off of a medical or social service provider.

The designation “is a very important step towards better serving all gender identities,” said Rafael Álvarez Febo, executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

“By removing barriers to make these changes, we are providing Pennsylvanians the agency to live their lives as their true selves,” he said.

He called state issued identification documents “quite possibly the most important identity document you use on a daily basis.”

“It should reflect your truth,” he said.

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