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No more medical paperwork to change gender on Illinois licenses

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CHICAGO — Illinois residents no longer need to have medial paperwork to update the gender marker on state driver’s licences and IDs.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the secretary of state’s office has introduced a new form this week allowing transgender, intersex and non-binary people correct the marker on their licenses.

“We are excited by the modernized policy for gender marker corrections on Illinois driver’s licenses and state ID cards,” Equality Illinois said in a statement. “The modernized policy continues Illinois’ proud tradition of supporting and affirming TIGNC people.”

The organization thanked Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for the implementation and the National Center for Transgender Equality for their help in pushing for the change.

Last month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that would let people choose a non-binary marker for their driver’s license. It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, but will have to wait until the state’s contract with the company supplying the current system expires in 2024.

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