Confirmed: Vermont Will Offer an X on Driver’s Licenses by July 1st, 2019

Back in early 2018, it was reported that the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles had looked into offering a third gender option on driver’s licenses and had determined that there were no legal obstacles–so, Vermont being Vermont, they said they’d go ahead with it.

Then more than a year passed, and nobody heard anything. I contacted the DMV twice about this and got a response only to one of the messages (the response was “I don’t know what you’re talking about”).

So a few weeks ago, I touched base with the Vermont news organization Vermont Digger and suggested they look into the story. They felt it was newsworthy, so reporter Ellie French interviewed DMV head Wanda Minoli, and yes, a gender neutral marker is coming! The DMV is rolling out a new, higher-security license by July 1st of this year, and it will include an “X” option corresponding to “other” for gender.

The Vermont Digger article (and other articles I’ve read) did not specify what a person would need to do to get the X on their license. According to transequality.org , in order to switch between M and F on their driver’s licenses, binary transgender people must get “a written letter from a physician stating that gender change is complete and the date of completion.” That’s terrible. I hope we can get this law changed in the near future to be less oppressive and surgery-centric!

However, as far as the nonbinary or X marker is concerned, when I followed up with the Digger, I found out that Minoli has stated that it would be simply filled in by the applicant, like height and weight. Rock on, Vermont!