INDIANAPOLIS - The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing Indiana driver's licenses and state identification cards with a third, non-specified gender option for Hoosiers who identify as neither male nor female. Hoosiers can now opt for an "X"  as the sex identifier, instead of the traditional "M" or "F."

March is the first month is the “X” has been available.

Susie Guyer, BMV executive director of marketing and communications, said the agency decided to offer a third gender option to follow the credential standards recommended by the American Academy of Motor Vehicle Administrators, which include an "X" gender identifier.

Driver’s license and ID card applicants can request the "X" by presenting documentation at a BMV license branch, such as a certified, amended birth certificate attesting to a gender change, or a signed and dated physician's statement that the applicant has permanently changed their gender.

Oregon, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado and California, as well as Washington, D.C., also offer a non-binary "X" gender option on their driver's licenses and identification cards.

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