ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New Yorkers will soon have the option to choose “X” as a gender marker on their driver license, learner’s permit, or non driver ID.
The new legislation will provide expanded protections for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers.
“As we prepare to celebrate Pride Month in a few days, I am excited to announce this historic change that represents another victory in our fight to help ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community,” Governor Hochul said. “Every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, deserves to have an identity document that reflects who they are. My administration remains committed to ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging for members of the LGBTQ+ community.”
It will make it easier for people to change their names, sex designation, and birth certificates to reflect their identity. The change will go into effect on June 24th.
Customers who do not want to visit a DMV office will have the option to change their gender designation online beginning in July 2022.