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More states adding nonbinary driver's license option

[VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Aug. 1, 2019 3:22 pm Updated: Aug. 1, 2019 3:40 pm

Add Vermont to the list of states adding a gender-neutral option for driver's license applicants.

The Green Mountain State joins more than a dozen others, plus Washington, D.C., that already issue licenses to people who identify as nonbinary, according to TV station KOCO.

Additional states are considering similar regulations.

In Vermont, driver's license applicants can now choose from "male," "female" or "other" on official state paperwork. In place of "M" or "F" on their licenses, applicants who choose "other" will see an "X" instead.

“When an ID does not match the gender identity or expression of the holder, the person can be exposed to potentially uncomfortable situations,” Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Wanda Minoli said in a written statement. “Thanks in large part to the hard work of Vermonters in the LGBTQ community, we saw an opportunity to allow a third gender option for increased safety and inclusion of all Vermonters.”

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