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License to Drive – Gender Neutral Driver’s Licenses Hit the District

Starting the week of June 26, 2017, District of Columbia residents were allowed to choose a gender-neutral “X” on their driver’s licenses and other city identification documents, making the District the first jurisdiction in the United States to do so, while other jurisdictions soon followed. Applicants will have the option of marking their application form with an “M” for male, “F” for female, or “X” for gender non-binary individuals, allowing for more accurate options for all individuals, as well as privacy for those who choose not to identify their gender. Security Personnel should understand that some individuals they encounter will not identify their gender, but that that should not impede their regular duties at their locations.

This article is part of the MPD’s “Security Snapshot” series, which is designed for security personnel working in the District of Columbia. While this information may be of interest to the general public, any recommendations or guidance in these articles has been created with a focus on security personnel.