UPDATE: IN BMV Says Attorney General Is Stalling Nonbinary Gender Option For Licenses And IDs

Mar 12, 2019

Credit Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

UPDATE:   

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the state's attorney general has stalled a measure that would allow people to change their gender on driver's licenses and IDs.

Bureau spokeswoman Susan Guyer says that Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule because the public wasn't sufficiently informed of the plan.

The bureau proposed the rule that would require a birth certificate or a special state Department of Health form to change gender on licenses and IDs. It was slated to become effective in October.

Hill's decision last week jeopardizes the department's plan to allow gender change on a birth certificate with a physician's statement.

The move isn't a formal rejection, but it puts the rule on hold while changes are considered.

ORIGINAL POST:

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering driver's licenses and state identification cards with a nonbinary gender option for residents who don't identify as male or female. The new option was made available this month. 

BMV spokeswoman Susie Guyer says the agency decided to offer the option based on a recommendation by the American Academy of Motor Vehicle Administrators. 

Indiana law requires every application for a driver's license or ID card to include information about the applicant's gender. Guyer says residents can now choose the third option "X" instead of the traditional options of "M" or "F."

Guyer says an applicant must present documentation that proves a permanent gender change, such as an amended birth certificate or a doctor's statement.