The Oregon Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles will hear testimony on adding a third gender marker, “X,” to Oregon driver’s licenses at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Multonmah Building in Portland. Testimony was heard in Eugene on May 2, but testifiers will have a second opportunity next week.
The proposal comes after an Oregon Circuits Court ruled last summer that an individual could legally change their gender to non-binary rather than identifying as male or female. Previously, the DMV has accepted legal documents allowing someone to change their driver’s license sex designation from female to male, or male to female. But the DMV’s computer system currently has no option for a third gender, leaving non-gender conforming, or non-binary Oregonians, without a representative driver’s license, driver’s permit, or identification card.
If ruled in favor, the DMV will provide the option of “X” as a sex designation for driver’s licenses “to indicate that the sex is not specified,” according to ODOT’s proposed rule.
The hearings are being held to accept public comment on whether “X” is a satisfactory gender marking, and welcomes the proposal of other options moving forward. Public comment will be accepted through May 12, 2017. The anticipated date for approval by the Oregon Transportation Commission is June 15, 2017.
A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland.
By Regina Pieracci