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US Connecticut DMV now offers non-binary gender designation on drivers' licenses

01:50  28 january  2020
01:50  28 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will soon allow a non - binary gender designation on state drivers ’ licenses . The department warning people that a Connecticut ID gender designation may not be acknowledged in other states. The policy takes effect beginning on Monday at AAA and

Laws offering an "X" gender marker on driver 's licenses and state identification cards have also been passed in would introduce an official process to request an X gender designation on state driver 's licenses in 2020.[143] In the meantime, it "' Nonbinary ' is now a legal gender , Oregon court rules".

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles now offers residents a non-binary gender designation on drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards, joining at least a dozen other states.

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The policy, which went into effect Monday, allows residents to select their gender designation, choosing between female (F), male (M) and non-binary (X). A new form, which allows applicants to update the gender designation on their current driver’s license or identification card, does not require medical documentation.

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The Connecticut DMV will allow a non - binary gender designation on drivers ’ licenses beginning A new form, allowing a gender identification change on a DMV -issued ID, does offer one caveat. “In accommodating a gender change, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles makes no

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Monday it will offer the option of a non - binary gender designation on driver 's "Words cannot adequately express the relief I feel, and how happy I am, that my ID will now reflect such an integral part of my identity and who I am," Dehne Lindsey said.

“We felt that as a state and as a DMV this was important, because it’s all about inclusion, acceptance, and respecting our customers who need to obtain identification that accurately reflects who they are,” DMV deputy commissioner Tony Guerrera said.

There is a $30 fee to complete the process outside of a renewal period. The policy change also applies to learner’s permits for new drivers.

Guerrera said that offering a non-binary option had been one of the department’s top priorities since he and commissioner Sibongile Magubane were appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont last year.

Connecticut is now one of at least 12 states to offer residents a non-binary gender designation on state drivers’ licenses, according to a press release Monday from the Connecticut General Assembly.

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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

- A third gender option will be available for California drivers licenses and ID’s starting in 2019, according to KGTV. It will allow people to apply for a ‘ non - binary ’ gender marker if they do not identify as either male or female. “For me, it was surprising to see this change,” said Al Johnson, a

“This option on license applications tells all Connecticut residents that we are welcoming and that we are open for business,” Lamont said in a press release Monday.

In the last year, Connecticut has moved toward expanding gender designations on some state paperwork. Following the 2019 legislative session, the Department of Children and Families began to include a non-binary option on several forms, according to the General Assembly release.

During the 2019 legislative session, state Rep. David Michel, D-Stamford, introduced legislation which would require all state agencies to include a non-binary gender designation on all forms and applications. Last year, Sen. Matt Lesser, D-Middletown, also introduced legislation to allow intersex applicants to identify as such on their drivers’ licenses or identification cards, which passed the Senate but was not taken up by the House.

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AUGUSTA – The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering the option of a non - binary gender designation on driver ’s licenses and identification cards. In conjunction with a system upgrade and new design for licenses and IDs, which will be available by July 2019, the gender information on the

The Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) will now offer a third, or “ non - binary ,” gender option for licenses and identification cards. This decision follows Oregon’s precedent after its DMV introduced a third gender option earlier this month. Now , when D.C. residents apply for a

“It’s really a wonderful thing. It doesn’t cost taxpayers a penny — the DMV was able to do this with their own resources,” Lesser said Monday of the new DMV policy. “For people for whom a non-binary identification is the best option, it’s a big deal. I’ve gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback from folks today.”

Updates to existing licenses and identification cards began to be available at non-DMV sites like AAA on Monday and will begin at state DMV offices on Tuesday.

Guerrera said that offering a non-binary option reflects a more progressive DMV.

“It’s a DMV that’s being proactive in many areas, whether it’s gender X or e-government or doing things online,” he said. “It’s a different day for the Department of Motor Vehicles.”

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