Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in Hawaii won’t need to list a specific gender on their drivers license if a bill passed by legislators becomes law.

State lawmakers passed House Bill 1165 out of a conference committee between the state House and Senate Thursday morning. HB 1165 would allow drivers to list “X” as a sex designation instead of “male” or “female.”

House Bill 1165 would give transgender or gender non-conforming individuals a third option on their drivers licenses.

Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

The bill now goes to the floor of both chambers for a final vote. If it clears the floor vote, the bill would move to Gov. David Ige’s desk for approval or veto.

“This is something we certainly had to take care of in the state of Hawaii,” Sen. Lorraine Inouye said shortly after the vote.

Hawaii has the highest rate of people identifying as transgender, according to a 2016 report by the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Massachusetts Senate also passed similar legislation today, Mass Live reports.

If HB 1165 becomes law, Hawaii would join four other states along with Washington, D.C., in allowing drivers to list “X” as a sex designation, according to the World Economic Forum.

A note to our readers

While asking for your support is something we don’t like to do, the simple fact is that our reporters, our journalism, and our impact rely on it. Since lifting our paywall and becoming a nonprofit in mid-2016, our local newsroom has benefitted from a stream of charitable support from people who want our type of journalism to survive. People like you who understand that our work is essential to a better-informed community. If you value the work of our journalists, show us with your tax-deductible support.

About the Author