MA Senate Passes Bill to Allow Non-Binary Gender Option on State Licenses

BOSTON—The Massachusetts Senate passed Senate Bill 2562, An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification. This bill would establish a non-binary gender identity option for Massachusetts licenses.

The bill requires the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to allow an applicant for a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card to choose “X” instead of “male or “female.” The bill also prohibits the RMV from requiring documentation for such designation.

“With the passage of this bill, we are affirming Massachusetts’ commitment to pursuing policy changes that allow all residents to be true to themselves. Moving away from gender binaries is an important step,” said Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville).

Oregon, California, Maine and Washington D.C. also have laws allowing a gender neutral identity option on licenses.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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