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.”