Out Boulder County is celebrating the victory that Colorado driver's licenses now have an X gender marker option. This is an important step forward in recognizing intersex and gender expansive identities. Below we have additional information as well as a testimonial from our community member, Lior, who just went through the process and now has an updated drivers license with a more appropriate gender designation.
According to the Colorado DMV, folks who want an X gender marker designation need to complete a DR2083 Change of Sex Designation form with a signature from their licensed treating medical or behavioral healthcare provider confirming the individual has received appropriate clinical treatment for their correct sex. This requirement does not require an individual to undergo any specific surgery, treatment, clinical care or behavioral healthcare. This change must be completed in person at a driver license office. As long as the individual meets all requirements to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card, a card with a non-binary sex identifier will be REAL ID-compliant and valid identification to obtain a U.S. passport or other federal identification.
When I found out that Colorado had (temporarily) approved an X marker for state ID, I was ecstatic. I thought I would have to move to California or DC in order to have my ID match my identity, and I am so grateful for all of the hard work that let me do that in Colorado, and without the barrier of a physician's appraisal. I originally changed my gender marker on my ID to an M due to safety concerns, but it did not feel right, and so I jumped at the opportunity to change it to something more congruent. As soon as the correct form was posted by the DMV, I emailed it to my therapist, who quickly signed it and sent it back. I then went to the Boulder DMV office and waited in line to be seen; I gave the form to the person who helped me, who was a bit confused but another person in the office reassured them that it was not a typo and I was getting an X. I already have a Colorado ID, so all I had to do was give them the completed form and $28 for a new license, pose for a picture, and wait for my new license in the mail! I am very excited for this new ID with an X and feel that I can be visible in this way due to other privileges I hold, as well as if I am in a medical emergency it may mean more understanding for my physical manifestation than if I stayed with the M. Thank you again for all the amazing work to make this option available!
Thanks Lior for sharing your experience with us!