For Maine, it’s no longer just male or female. The Pine Tree State will soon add a third option to its driver’s licenses.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Monday plans to offer a “non-binary gender designation” for drivers who don’t identify as either male or female. Now, in addition to an “M” and “F” option, residents will see a third ”X” offering, the state announced.
The new option will be fully implemented in July 2019.
Maine decided to add the option after a complaint was filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission on behalf of a resident who was unable to obtain a driver’s license with a “non-binary” descriptor, The Associated Press reported.
“Words cannot adequately express the relief I feel, and how happy I am, that my ID will now reflect such an integral part of my identity and who I am,” Dehne Lindsey said.
Zack Paakkonen, board president of EqualityMaine, praised the state’s decision, saying it’s “important that driver’s licenses and other forms of IDs recognize people who are non-binary.”
Maine will be the fourth place to offer the “non-binary” option, joining Washington, D.C., California, and Oregon.