NJ updates gender declaration policy on licenses

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Trangender community hails change in policy

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced in May that customers who are preparing to undergo sexual reassignment will be permitted to change the gender status of their New Jersey Driver License to reflect the new gender that they have begun to identify with prior to surgery. Sharon A Harrington, MVC Chief Administrator, said the policy update reflects the understanding that sexual reassignment is an extended process for the transgender community.

Under the policy update, a customer wishing to appropriately reflect his or her gender identity prior to surgery must formally submit a “Declaration of Change of Sex Designation” application, attesting to the gender that he or she considers themselves to be.