PennDOT to offer non-binary designation on licenses, ID cards

    A sample Pennsylvania driver's license (PennDOT)

    On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that it will begin offering a third gender designation on all of its licenses and identification cards.

    Pennsylvanians seeking a license or ID card will now have the following options:

    M: Male;

    F: Female;

    X: Non-binary

    Pennsylvania is the 16th state to offer a non-binary option. 

    Pennsylvanians who already have a license or ID card and wish to change their gender designation, should fill out PennDOT form DL-32 “Request for Gender Change on Driver’s License/Identification Card.”

    Changing a gender designation is free-of-charge, but changes must be made in-person at one of PennDOT’s Driver License Centers. 

    In a statement, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said, “Our identity documents are critical to how we navigate the world, and having an affirming and accurate ID is critical for access to employment, healthcare, housing and so much more. Offering equitable and inclusive services for all Pennsylvanians is central to PennDOT’s mission, and I’m proud that we’re taking this step.”

    Rafael Alvarez Febo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs called the change “a very important step toward better serving Pennsylvanians of all gender identities.”

    “Your state issued ID is quite possibly the most important identity document you use on a daily basis,” Febo said, “it should reflect your truth.”

    Cassie Miller
    A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.