STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

2 more states will offer a 3rd gender option on driver's licenses

Washington state and Pennsylvania will offer a third gender option on driver's licenses, so people who don't identify as female or male can choose X instead....

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 3:40 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2019 3:41 PM

Washington state and Pennsylvania will offer a third gender option on driver's licenses, so people who don't identify as female or male can choose X instead.

The changes will bring the number of states that offer a third option to at least 14. Washington, DC, and New York City do, as well.

"Identity is a fundamental human right," Washington state's Department of Licensing Director Teresa Berntsen said in a statement released by Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat.

"The driver's license or the state-issued ID cards are your primary identification documents. So by us acknowledging there are more than two forms of gender, we are acknowledging basic human rights," said Berntsen, whose department will hold public meetings to get feedback on proposed language for the rule change.

The third option for gender could be available as early as October, Inslee said in the statement.

In Pennsylvania, the third gender option is "something that's been on our radar and people have been asking for," state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt told CNN.

Pennsylvania officials are still hashing out what would be required of residents who want to identify as X and aim to offer the option by 2020, Waters-Trasatt said. The licenses would also be Real ID-compliant, she added.

'Movement at a lightning pace'

The District of Columbia and Oregon in mid-2017 were among the first to add a third option for gender on driver's licenses. Since then, the trend has grown.

"In three years, there's been movement at a lightning pace on this issue," Gillian Branstetter, a spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality, told CNN.

"These policies have been adopted in so many states so quickly because they are common sense," she said.

Having to present an ID that doesn't conform with a person's gender presentation also can result in mistreatment, Branstetter said. People can be turned away or even outed because their license doesn't reflect who they are.

"This is a big step toward recognizing the rights and dignity of transgender people," she said of the Washington state and Pennsylvania initiatives.

Washington state in 2018 began allowing a third gender option on birth certificates, and adults seeking to change a birth certificate no longer need a doctor's letter to do so. Since that rule took effect, 59 people have requested a gender X designation on their birth certificate, according to Inslee's statement.

Huntsville
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 82°
Florence
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 86°
Fayetteville
Overcast
77° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 78°
Decatur
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 82°
Scottsboro
Scattered Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 91°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 38442

Reported Deaths: 947
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4387142
Montgomery383999
Mobile3697134
Tuscaloosa204938
Marshall153710
Lee118937
Shelby108223
Madison10577
Morgan9813
Walker86723
Franklin85213
Dallas8198
Elmore81314
Baldwin6869
Etowah62513
Butler60427
DeKalb6025
Chambers58127
Tallapoosa56369
Autauga54511
Unassigned52025
Russell4840
Lowndes45820
Lauderdale4446
Houston4344
Limestone4090
Cullman4003
Pike3995
Colbert3685
Bullock3629
Coffee3532
Barbour3231
Covington3087
St. Clair3042
Hale29321
Marengo28611
Wilcox2808
Sumter27612
Calhoun2705
Talladega2677
Clarke2665
Escambia2636
Dale2440
Jackson2382
Winston2333
Blount2141
Chilton2112
Pickens2116
Marion20312
Monroe1972
Choctaw19212
Conecuh1804
Bibb1711
Macon1708
Randolph1709
Greene1667
Perry1451
Henry1303
Crenshaw1233
Lawrence1010
Washington1007
Cherokee747
Lamar711
Fayette671
Geneva670
Clay582
Coosa551
Cleburne291
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 45315

Reported Deaths: 609
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby10344193
Davidson9769114
Rutherford264835
Hamilton253230
Trousdale14895
Sumner146952
Williamson109014
Out of TN10447
Knox9825
Wilson82917
Putnam8057
Robertson79211
Lake6900
Sevier6573
Bledsoe6181
Tipton6114
Bradley5803
Bedford5205
Montgomery4937
Unassigned4251
Macon4093
Hardeman3041
Maury2973
Fayette2922
Rhea2720
Loudon2651
Hamblen2634
Madison2552
Dyer2251
McMinn21617
Cheatham2141
Blount1883
Dickson1800
Cumberland1733
Monroe1354
Washington1340
Lawrence1335
Lauderdale1202
Coffee1090
Jefferson1070
Gibson1061
Anderson1042
Hardin1005
Obion982
Smith961
Sullivan912
Greene852
Franklin803
Wayne770
Haywood742
Marshall731
Hickman720
Cocke700
Marion674
Warren650
White643
McNairy620
Weakley611
Lincoln590
Grundy581
Overton571
Carter561
DeKalb540
Unicoi540
Hawkins512
Giles501
Roane460
Henry420
Polk410
Campbell391
Carroll391
Grainger370
Johnson370
Henderson350
Meigs320
Perry320
Cannon310
Crockett313
Claiborne280
Sequatchie280
Jackson260
Morgan241
Chester230
Humphreys231
Decatur210
Stewart210
Fentress180
Clay160
Scott150
Union130
Benton121
Houston120
Moore80
Lewis70
Van Buren70
Pickett60
Hancock30

 

 

Community Events