News Story (Indiana)
Kate Sosin Oeser, Nico Lang
March 12, 2019
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Tags: LGBTQ, State IDs, Trans Rights
Organizations mentioned/involved: Indiana Legal Services (ILS)
Indiana has become the latest state to offer residents gender-neutral driver’s licenses and other state-issued identification. In addition to the traditional “M” and “F” designation for male and female, transgender and nonbinary people can now apply for an “X” marker on their IDs.
The state started offering the new IDs earlier this month, according to Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Susie Guyer.
“The ‘X’ designation is in response to constituents requesting a nonbinary marker,” she said in a statement shared with NBC News. “Indiana has joined other states and industry groups, such as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, that already recognize the designation.”
The change is the result of nearly two years of advocacy. Katherine Wood, an attorney with Indiana Legal Services, started exhausting administrative remedies to change the ID policy back in January 2017. After the organization threatened to sue, the BMV agreed to begin issuing the IDs this year.