(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Governor Kathy Hochul’s Twitter Account)

Starting June 24, 2022, New Yorkers can choose “X” as their gender marker on their ID documents. An “X” gender marker is “designed to give nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people a marker other than male or female on their document.”

The option will be available for use on New York residents’ driver’s licenses, learner permits, or other non-driver ID cards at all of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle offices. But it’s not just for those who are applying for new state IDs, those with existing documents will have an option to change their gender markers on their photo ID from ‘M’ or ‘F’ to ‘X’ as well. Applicants simply need to complete Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44).     

The “historic change,” which is being implemented through the State’s Gender Recognition Act, is “another victory in our fight to help ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community,” according to New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

Further, she said, “Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are.” Governor Hochul added, “My administration remains committed to ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging for members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Meanwhile, Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Carl Charles said in a statement:

This is a significant step forward in the fight for lived equality for transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people in New York State. Thanks to Lambda Legal’s work on behalf of Mx. Sander Saba, and the enactment of the Gender Recognition Act, the State of New York has finally turned the page on a discriminatory, outdated policy. Nonbinary, transgender, and gender non-conforming New Yorkers now have access to accurate, state-issued identity documents that are critical to day-to-day life in New York. While there is more work to be done, today marks a significant step forward in the right direction. We acknowledge the work of those who made this day possible including Mx. Sander Saba, nonbinary and transgender advocates here in New York, and our law firm pro bono partners O’Melveny Myers LLP. We also extend our sincere thanks to Governor Hochul, and the New York Department of Motor Vehicles for moving the needle forward for transgender and nonbinary New Yorkers.

Applicants who are unable to visit a DMV office in person can lodge their applications online starting July 2022. Read more about this news here.

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