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Indiana Lawmakers Take A Pass On Bill Impacting BMV ID Gender Change

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have shelved a bill that would've made it more difficult for residents to change their gender on driver's licenses or state identification cards.

The bill was removed from the Indiana House's calendar Tuesday. It would've required an amended birth certificate to complete a gender identity change on credentials issued by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The bureau currently accepts certified doctor's notes when processing gender changes.

The bill came after the BMV announced it was offering the third gender identifier "X" for transgender residents or nonbinary residents who don't identify as male or female.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers decided to hold off following concerns about birth certificate inconsistencies. He says a special task force or study committee may need to study the issue.