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New Hampshire Now Allowing Third Gender Option on Driver’s Licenses

January 2, 2020

New Hampshire residents have a new gender option on their driver’s licenses and other state issued IDs.

As of Thursday, January 2, New Hampshire offers an X in addition to the traditional M and F for male and female on their licenses. The X indicates someone who claims a non-binary gender identity other than male or female.

The legislation, known as New Hampshire House Bill 669, was enacted in July 2019 without the signature of Republican Governor Chris Sununu, as New Hampshire Public Radio reported at the time.

Implementing the changes are set to cost the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles $25,000 in the 2020 fiscal year, according to the bill. After that, it would present no additional fiscal costs to the state’s motor vehicles agency, according to the bill.

New Hampshire becomes the 13th state to offer the gender neutral X option on its identification.

This also makes New Hampshire the fourth New England state to implement the change. Maine was the first to do so in 2018. In 2019, both Massachusetts and Rhode Island began offering the option.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles began offering a Gender X option for driver’s licenses on November 12, 2019, under its own authority, after bills seeking to establish the option repeatedly failed to pass the Massachusetts Legislature, according to State House News Service.

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