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Maine introduces non-binary driver gender designation option

Maine is now the fourth state to introduce the of option of a non-binary gender designation on driver’s licenses and identification cards. With the completion of a Gender Designation Form, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will now issue stickers for identification cards that will read “Gender has been changed to X- Non-binary.”

BMV plans on rolling out system upgrades in July 2019 that will allow the gender information to appear on the front of ID cards and be displayed as “M,” “F,” or “X.”

New customers can submit the Gender Designation Form at any BMV Branch, but until July 2019, the non-binary gender stickers may only be retrieved from BMV’s central office at 101 Hospital St. in Augusta.

For drivers who already have a valid license, there is no fee for the sticker. A gender designation sticker will be mailed with instructions on where to affix it. Those who require a license renewal or duplicate license will receive their new license with the sticker affixed.

Brandon L. Guidry

Brandon L. Guidry is the State Implementation Specialist of CV-ALIR for Verisk – insurance solutions. He has a business administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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