New Yorkers can now choose an ‘X’ gender marker on driver license and ID cards

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday that New Yorkers will have the option to choose "X" as a gender marker on their driver’s license, learner permit, or non-driver ID card at all Department of Motor Vehicle offices statewide.

The change is being implemented in accordance with the State’s Gender Recognition Act, which goes into effect on June 24. The bill provides expanded protections for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers, so it will be easier for people to change their names, change their sex designation and change their birth certificates to reflect their identity.

"As we prepare to celebrate Pride Month in a few days, I am excited to announce this historic change that represents another victory in our fight to help ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community," Governor Hochul said. "Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are. My administration remains committed to ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging for members of the LGBTQ+ community."

New Yorkers who have an existing driver’s license, learner permit, or non-driver ID will have the option to change the gender marker on their photo ID from "M" or "F" to "X", and those who are applying for a NYS photo ID for the first time will have the option to choose "X". This can be done by completing the Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44).

Customers who do not want to visit a DMV office to change their existing ID document will have the option to change their gender designation through an online transaction beginning in July 2022.

This announcement comes as part of the major advancements in LGBTQ+ equity Governor Hochul fought for and secured in the Enacted Fiscal Year 2023 State Budget.