Massachusetts Adds Third Gender Option on Drivers Licenses

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By Elena Naze

As a part of Massachusetts’ Registrary of Motor Vehicles system upgrade on Tuesday, residents can now select a non-binary gender option on state driver’s licenses.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the new third option is available for new licenses, renewals, and amendments of pre-existing licenses and IDs.

Massachusetts joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia that allow a third gender neutral option on license and IDs.

State Representative Marjorie Decker is a lead sponsor on a bill that would require the state attorney general’s office to audit all documents controlled by the state to make sure there is a third gender option provided.

Decker was eager to welcome the new upgrade. 

“I think it’s great news and I look forward to making that consistent for all state documents,” Decker said. “It shouldn’t be that hard.”

Massachusetts Senate President Karen E. Spilka shares similar enthusiasm as Decker, saying how she is pleased at the development but is also looking forward to passing the bill requiring a third gender option on all state documents. 

Spilka also added how she thinks the new development is, “an important step towards letting people be who they are.”