According to a 2021 survey from Gallup, an estimated 11.3% of LGBT adults identify as transgender, equating to roughly 0.6% of the American population. Some individuals who identify as transgender undergo gender-affirming surgery, and others do not. The transition process is unique to every individual.
During or after the transition process, people who identify as transgender or non-binary may also choose to update their legal identity on government-issued documents, like their driver’s license and passport. In addition to male and female gender options, some states have added a gender-neutral “X” option for non-binary, intersex or gender non-conforming individuals.
In all 50 states, transgender individuals are legally allowed to change the gender on their driver’s license. But the process can be challenging. Some states require a birth certificate amendment and/or proof of gender-affirming surgery. Other states require a letter from a physician confirming that the individual is or has undergone hormone therapy.
Ultimately, the process of changing the gender on your driver’s license is different in every state. Click here to read more.