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How do I change my gender marker on my Indiana license?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2023 | Family Law |

Indiana is home to many folks from all walks of life. The LGBTQ+ population is a part of what makes the Hoosier state thrive. If you have wanted to update your gender marker to match your identity, you are not alone. If you want to change your driver’s license or ID card credentials, does the state allow you to amend your gender identification?

Can I change my gender marker?

Yes. Indiana allows you to change your credentials, but you must go in person to a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch, along with the requested documents.

What do I need to bring?

Indiana allows for three different documents to match your credentials to your identity. The first is a changed and certified birth certificate affirming your gender. The second is the Indiana state form 55617 (Physician’s Statement of Gender Change). This form also needs to be signed and dated by you, the applicant. The last document is a dated and signed statement from a physician that meets the state’s requirements of letterhead and language.

What gender markers does the state support?

Indiana currently allows for the following gender identities. The three gender identities are unspecified (X), female (F) and male (M).

Summing it all up

In summary, it is possible to change your gender on your Indiana driver’s license, ID card or learner’s permit if you can give the state one of the three requested documents. You can always discuss the forms with your physicians or other supportive communities.

You are who you are, and these are just formalities and steps to assert who you are in the eyes of the state you call home. It is possible to also change your name on your license documents or amend your birth certificate by petitioning courts and obtaining an order.