BMV giving non-binary 'X' option for gender on driver's licenses, state IDs

File photo inside an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch. (WTHR Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Hoosiers now have a third option for gender on their driver's license or state ID card.

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles confirmed to WTHR Tuesday that starting this month, they are issuing driver's licenses and ID cards that allow for male, female and non-specified gender, which is indicated with an "X." Applicants who want the "X" designation need to provide a certified, amended birth certificate or a signed and dated physician's statement that they've permanently changed their gender.

A BMV spokesperson said they decided to start offering the gender non-binary option based on resident requests and credential standards recommended by the American Academy of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

At least four other states - Oregon, Maine, Minnesota and California - already offer gender non-binary identification, as do some cities like Washington, D.C. and New York City. A bill allowing an "X" option is currently moving through the state legislatures in Maryland and New York.