Pennsylvanians will now be able to choose a third option as a gender designation on their driver’s licences.
York Daily Record reports the state’s Department of Transportation has begun issuing driver’s licences and identification cards with a non-binary option, designated by an “X” in addition to “M” for male and “F” for female.
“Our identity documents are critical to how we navigate the world, and having an affirming and accurate ID is critical for access to employment, healthcare, housing and so much more,” Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT Secretary, said in a statement.
“Offering equitable and inclusive services for all Pennsylvanians is central to PennDOT’s mission, and I’m proud that we’re taking this step.”
Individuals will not be able to change their sex on their driver’s licence through the online system.
York Daily Record reports those interested will have to present the “change of sex designation” form – which does not require a medical or social service provider to sign off – to any PennDOT Driver Licence Centre.
If you are applying for your first ID, and your gender is different from what is printed on your proof of identity document, “you will need to provide the appropriate initial issuance form along with a completed Form DL-32, other required documentation, and applicable fee,” according to the department’s website.
There is no fee to change your gender designation for non-commercial, non-REAL ID products, but if you want to get a duplicate licence or photo ID card reflecting the change in gender designation, applicable duplicate fees will apply.