Gender Neutral State IDs

Why Gender-Neutral Driver's Licenses Are So Important
Hawaii’s Driver License – Photo from Civil Beat

As of July 1, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is providing a new gender option for State Identification cards, driver’s licenses, and commercial driver’s licenses. Those seeking to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential can now choose “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender category instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female).

“We appreciate the work of LGBT advocates, law makers, and the City and County of Honolulu Department of Information Technology to make this happen,” said Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ed Sniffen. “Thanks to the coordination and cooperation of our partners we are able to recognize transgender and other individuals while keeping our REAL ID compliant status.”

The ability to modify these credentials was authorized by Act 148, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2019.

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