Pennsylvania Offers Gender-Neutral 'X' On Driver Licenses, ID cards

Jul 27, 2020

Yassmin Gramian, PennDOT's secretary.
Credit PennDOT

Pennsylvania is now offering driver licenses and identification cards with a gender-neutral designation for people who don’t identify as either male or female. 

The state Department of Transportation said Thursday that motorists and those needing a state-issued ID card can choose “X″ as a third option in addition to male and female.

 

PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said having an accurate identification card is critical.

 

“We know that a state-issued driver’s license or photo ID has become the gold standard for identification and having an affirming and accurate ID is critical for access to employment, health care, housing and many more,” Gramian said.

 

She said PennDOT wants to make the process simple and changing gender identification does not require the sign-off of a medical or social service provider.

 

“You tell us who you are and we believe you,” she said.

 

According to PennDOT, 16 other states offer a non-binary option on state-issued licenses or cards.