Pennsylvanians can now opt for a nonbinary gender designation on driver’s licenses and photo identification cards, the state Department of Transportation announced.
Gender designation options will be “M” for male, “F” for female, or “X” for nonbinary. There is no fee to change a noncommercial driver’s license.
Pennsylvania joins more than a dozen states that allow for these designations on ID cards, according to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ policy tracker. The change follows a national movement of teenagers and young adults advocating for gender neutral pronouns, like “they/them,” and pushing for formal recognition of their gender identity on cards like a driver’s license or a college ID.
“Our identity documents are critical to how we navigate the world, and having an affirming and accurate ID is critical for access to employment, health care, housing, and so much more,” Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian 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.”
If this is your first ID and your gender is different than your proof of identity document, the department says, “you will need to provide the appropriate initial issuance form along with a completed Form DL-32, other required documentation, and applicable fee.”
“PennDot is taking a very important step towards better serving Pennsylvanians of all gender identities. By removing barriers to make these changes, we are providing Pennsylvanians the agency to live their lives as their true selves,” Rafael Álvarez Febo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs said in a statement. “Your state-issued ID is quite possibly the most important identity document you use on a daily basis, it should reflect your truth.”