Gender "X" option now available on driver's licenses in Rhode Island, Hawaii

by Laura Mize · Jul 1st, 2020 11:42 am

Last Updated Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:20 pm

People applying for a driver's license in Rhode Island or Hawaii can now select "X" as their gender.

The states have opted to provide "X" as a gender-neutral option, in addition to male and female. In Hawaii, a person can select "X" without providing any documentation regarding his or her gender. In Rhode Island, the applicant must complete and submit a "gender designation form."

Ed Sniffen, deputy director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation, thanked several parties for bringing about the change.

"We appreciate the work of LGBT advocates, law makers, and the City and County of Honolulu Department of Information Technology to make this happen," he said. "Thanks to the coordination and cooperation of our partners, we are able to recognize transgender and other individuals while keeping our REAL ID compliant status."

? Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Washington, D.C., also provide the "X" option.


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