Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that individuals who have a New York State driver license, learner permit, or non-driver ID can use a new online process to choose “X” as a gender marker without visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles office. New Yorkers can go to the DMV website to change their gender marker to “X”, making it faster and easier to get an identity document that accurately represents who they are.

“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. 

“In New York, we are taking action to help ensure every person feels welcomed, represented, and free to live their truth, regardless of their gender identity or expression. My administration continues to be committed to this dream by giving New Yorkers the freedom to carry an identity document that represents their true self, ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging.”

Those who are applying for an ID for the first time can also choose “X” as a gender marker when they visit the DMV to complete the application process. This can be done by completing the Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44).

One small letter can have a monumental impact on a person’s life and it is our privilege to give non-binary New Yorkers that opportunity,” Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said.

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