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Maine will issue gender-neutral driver licenses

The Maine State House in Augusta.
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The Maine State House in Augusta.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is going to offer the option of a gender-neutral designation on driver licenses and identification cards.

The agency said the process will involve filling out a form called a ‘‘gender designation form.’’ The BMV says it will issue a sticker for the license or ID card that says: ‘‘Gender has been changed to X — Non-binary.’’

The agency said Monday a system upgrade will allow it to phase out the sticker by July 2019. The ‘‘X’’ will then be on the card.

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EqualityMaine said Maine becomes at least the third state to adopt such a policy, after Oregon and California, along with the District of Columbia. The move comes as a result of a complaint filed by EqualityMaine’s board president.