OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Drivers in Washington state now have a choice of being designated as M, F or X on their licenses.

KOMO-TV reported Thursday that drivers can choose from three gender options when obtaining licenses and identification following a change by the state Department of Licensing.

Officials say residents can have the X designation on driver’s licenses, instruction permits or identification cards as a gender-neutral alternative to M for male or F for female.

Department of Licensing Director Teresa Berntsen says all residents deserve to have their “lived experience of gender and identity” reflected on their licenses.

Berntsen says the change will also help reduce barriers to housing, transportation, education, and employment.

The state Department of Health began allowing birth certificates with an X gender designation two years ago.


Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/