Maine to offer non-binary gender designation on driver’s licenses

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will now allow residents to designate their gender as “non-binary” on driver’s licenses, to the Maine secretary of state’s office.

The change makes Maine the first New England state and third U.S. government entity to offer the option, according to Equality Maine. Oregon and Washington, D.C., already offer a non-binary gender option, and California will follow suit in January 2019.

Starting Monday, Maine residents who want to change the gender on their licenses from “male” or “female” to “gender non-binary” can apply at any BMV branch office for a sticker to be placed on their license or ID that reads “Gender has been changed to X – non-binary,” said Kristen Muszynski, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. The sticker is also available for identification cards.

The BMV will not start printing new licenses and ID cards until July 2019, when the BMV is already set to roll out a new design for state licenses and upgrade its systems, Muszynski said.

Once that happens, the non-binary gender designation will appear as “X” on the card, Muszynski said. Male and female appear as “M” and “F.”

The third gender option provides an alternative to people who do not identify as male or female, which had been the only two options for Maine licenses until now.

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