Bill Ensuring Gender Neutral Designation on Driver's Licenses Passes Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Legislation ensuring the option of a non-binary designation on an Illinois driver’s license passed the Illinois House, on Wednesday, with a vote of 67-38.The bill next moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

The LGBTQ-inclusive legislation is sponsored by State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (D-81-Naperville).

HB3534 amends the Secretary of State Act, requiring the Secretary of State to take steps to ensure that all State forms and documents requiring the listing of gender designations or requiring persons to identify their gender shall include, as a gender designation, the term "non-binary" in addition to male and female gender designations. The bill requires each unit of local government in this State to adopt an ordinance or resolution requiring that unit of local government to take steps to ensure that all its forms and documents shall include the "non-binary" gender designation in a manner substantially similar to forms and documents as may be produced by the Secretary. Effective January 1, 2020.

Last month, Indiana became the 6th state to offer a new gender option on driver's licenses.