Female, Male or Other, What to Put on Your Drivers License?
Maybe you have never thought about it. Until now most applications for any form of ID have had just the options of Male or Female to select when getting or renewing your drivers license.
This week the Governor of California signed a law that will add the word 'non-binary' to the selection boxes. What does that mean? As of January 1. 2018, California will be asking applicants if the identify as Male, Female or Non-Binary. Essentially, that word is the 'Other' option. This new question relates to how the applicant sees themselves or their gender identity.
Gender identity is how someone sees themselves. Here is how it is defined on the Human Rights Campaign website:
One's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
California will join Oregon as the only two states that give applicants this option. How soon will it be happening in New York? No one knows. The law that Governor Cuomo signed this week regarding drivers licenses involves that it is now mandatory to select either the yes or no box when responding to the question of if you would like to be an organ donor. Prior to 2012, it was optional to complete that box. The law was set to expire soon, reverting back to applicants not having to mark either box and still be allowed to get their license. This law Cuomo signed makes that not expire.