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  • The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission on Monday said the “X” option will indicate the gender as unspecified and be offered alongside the male and female gender options.
  • “We know this new option will be deeply impactful for many residents, as access to resources and the ability to live and work freely so often hinges on having documentation that correctly reflects your identity,” Sue Fulton, MVC Chief Administrator, said.
  • The rollout of the “X” option was planned for 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Jersey is the latest state to offer the option of an “X” gender identifier on driver’s licenses and other identification. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Monday said the “X” option will indicate the gender is unspecified and will be offered alongside the male and female gender options on licenses and IDs. 


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The agency said the choice is not only offered to residents who identify as non-binary, but to anyone who wishes their gender not be specified. 

“Diversity and inclusion are core values for New Jersey, and for all of us at the MVC,”  Sue Fulton, MVC Chief Administrator, said in a news release.  

“We know this new option will be deeply impactful for many residents, as access to resources and the ability to live and work freely so often hinges on having documentation that correctly reflects your identity.”

The rollout of the “X” option was planned for 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was part of legislation passed in 2018 to allow residents to change their gender identification more easily. 

New Jersey joins 19 other states and Washington, D.C., in offering “X” gender markers on driver’s licenses and IDs. 

“This option will allow New Jerseyans, particularly nonbinary and intersex people, to enjoy a right many of us take for granted – having ID that accurately reflects who we are. We applaud the MVC for taking another step to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ New Jerseyans,” Christian Fuscarino, executive director of advocacy group Garden State Equality, said


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Published on Apr 20, 2021