New Yorkers will now have the option to select “X” as their gender on state-issued IDs and driver licenses.
The change comes as part of the state’s Gender Recognition Act, which will go into effect June 24. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) announced the new choice’s availability Friday, calling it historic.
"Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are,” Hochul said. “My administration remains committed to ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging for members of the LGBTQ+ community."
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New Yorkers: You can now choose “X” as a gender marker on your driver license.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) May 27, 2022
Every person deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are.
This is a historic change in our fight to make New York a more inclusive and just state for all. pic.twitter.com/hogp3Uj1I2
The “X” gender option will appear on learner's permits and non-driver IDs, in addition to driver's licenses.
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Those who already have state-issued IDs will have the option to change their gender to “X” at the DMV or online beginning in July.
New York joins 24 states that offer a gender-neutral option on some state-issued documents, according to CNN. Washington, D.C., added the gender option to its government-issued IDs in 2017.
In March, the State Department added the “X” gender marker choice to passports.