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Washington IDs could soon offer ‘nonbinary’ gender


The gender X option could be offered as soon as October

An example of Washington state’s non-binary driver’s license. (Courtesy of the Department of Licensing)

SEATTLE (AP) – People who identify as other than female or male may soon have a third option when getting a Washington driver’s license.

KING-TV reports Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced Tuesday a push for inclusion by offering the options of female, male and X. The change would also affect instruction permits and state ID cards.

The department of licensing has scheduled hearings in August in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia for public comment. The agency will then use the information from hearings, emails and phone calls to decide whether to make any changes to the proposed language.

The department of licensing could offer the gender X option as soon as October.

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