New York State Driver’s License Update! Why put an “X” on yours?

Our New York State driver’s license has gone through a few changes over the years, including the actual federally approved ID card. If you want to leave Albany without a passport, you’ll need it by next year. This isn’t the only update New Yorkers should be aware of.

A new change is not a requirement, it is an option and today it is easier than ever to make the change. Which do you choose?

When you get your driver’s license, you provide relevant information such as name, address, date of birth and gender. From my first license to my last I have always selected a “M” for my gender because I am male but apparently we have 3 options now. If the “X” suitable, select it!

Last month, Governor Hochul announced that New Yorkers can now choose an X gender on a driver’s license or New York State ID card. What does the X represent? If you are transgender and non-binary, you can have the X represent you in the gender section of your license or ID.

This change was implemented in accordance with the state’s gender recognition law, which is now in effect. This last option will make it easier for people to change their name, change their gender designation, and change their birth certificates to reflect their identity.

New Yorkers who have a driver’s license, learner’s license or non-driver ID card will have the option to change the gender marker on their photo ID from ‘M’ or ‘F’ to “X”, and those applying for a NYS photo ID for the first time will have the option of choosing “X”. But wait, there’s more! Now you can do it online!

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