State implements “nonbinary” licenses to more than 250 residents

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A new word in American lexicon, “nonbinary” refers to someone who is neither male nor female. The word has now become an official part of getting a driver’s license and identification card in Oregon, which has been established as the first state in the country where people now do not have to “identify” themselves as either sex.

The process of integrating the change is well underway, with more than 250 Oregon residents choosing “X” as their gender on state IDs.

According to a report in the Oregon Register Guard, 266 people had been issued X-marked licenses or IDs as of the end of July.

David House, spokesman for the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services said that a breakdown of where the 266 IDs were issued in Oregon was not available. The nonbinary IDs represented just a handful of approximately 40,000 IDs that the DMV issues each month.

The District of Columbia, which implemented the same option on June 26, is the only other locale in the United States where it’s available, although other states, including California and New York,  are now considering the measure.

Oregon residents can obtain the X designation in person during business hours at any DMV ­office simply by asking for it, House said.

Since the Oregon’s Transportation Commission approved the rule change July 3, a total of 266 people applied for the “X” marked licenses.

The commission decided to implement the change after a Portland judge ruled last year that veteran Jaime Shupe can be legally recognized as neither a man or a woman.

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