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Say Yes to the X: Non-Binary Advocates Change Their Gender Markers at Concord DMV

Alex McOwen/NHPR

As of the New Year, New Hampshire residents now have three gender options for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards.  

In addition to “Male” and “Female,” Granite Staters are now able to choose “Other” as well, which will be marked with an “X” and signify a non-binary gender identity, meaning neither male nor female.  

This afternoon, a group of non-binary advocates from around the state gathered at the Concord DMV to officially change the gender marker on their licenses to the newly-enacted “X” option. 

Logan Snyder is one of those people who changed their gender marker to “X.” For them, it's important to have a piece of paperwork that validates their identity.

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Non-binary advocates gather at the Concord DMV to celebrate the new X gender marker.

"The person at the counter giving you lunch is going to call you, you know, ma'am or sir or whatever they think you are,” says Logan. “And it's nice to have something in my pocket that I can point to and be like... Nah. X.”

Those seeking to change their current driver's license to one with the “X” gender option will need to submit a "Change of Gender Designation" form, signed by a healthcare provider, to the DMV. 

Linds Jakows, who also changed their license today, says they're lucky their primary care physician signed the form right away. 

"But I know that a couple other people were unsure about what kind of doctor they needed to sign it," says Linds.

"Being in between doctors or insurances can make it a little more difficult. For some people it'll take a little more time, but it's exciting to see that the process is working so far."

First-time drivers will also have to submit that form if they will be requesting a license with a gender identity that's different from the one on their birth certificate.

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