On Jan. 28, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles officially declared that it would become easier for transgender people to change their sex on their driver's licenses.
John Brockwell, the communications manager for the N.C. DMV, said the DMV has been working to implement this change for about six months. TheAmerican Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators also advocated for this amendment. Brockwell said the DMV is always committed to working with all North Carolinians, including the LGBTQ+ community.
Terri Phoenix, the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC, formerly served on the transgender advisory board for the American Civil Liberties Union and said the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality N.C., among other organizations, have advocated for representing the identities of transgender people on official documents.
"I know that when I was working on that board, we looked into approaching the DMV to get policy put forward for changing drivers licenses,” Phoenix said.
The first page of the new sex designation form features two parts that include designating one's sex. The second page of the form provides information on the following steps to change sex on driver’s licenses, and what to do in the case of a name change.