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PennDOT to allow drivers to put an X in place of binary gender on license

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced plans to introduce a gender-neutral option on state driver's licenses in 2020 for those who don't identify as either male or female on their license.

As reported by The Daily Item, PennDOT spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt said that the department plans "to deploy a systematic process to make available the use of an X indicator for gender before this time next year."

Waters-Trasatt also said that she believes the change could be implemented without action by the general assembly.

Gov. Tom Wolf stated at a press conference that he supports the measure. "I believe that we ought to recognize and be supportive of folks who are looking to figure out what their gender identity is,” said Wolf, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania would become the 13th state to implement a non-binary gender option on licenses. PennDOT has not yet stated whether or not changing the gender marker to an 'x' would come at an additional cost. The Pennsylvania license policy currently requires residents who want to change the gender on their license to fill out a form signed by a doctor, affirming the person's gender identity.

Following new non-binary ID rules in Colorado last year, advocates called for self-affirming gender identity rules that wouldn't require a medical professional's opinion but instead trust transgender and non-binary people to label their own gender.

To learn about gender identity rules in every state, visit the National Center for Transgender Equality website, which offers a comprehensive list of the rules regarding gender and government identification in every state, including driver's licenses, as well as birth certificates and name changes. 

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