Recently there has been confusion about the state of gender marker changes in Indiana. This alert clarifies that you can still update your gender marker on your Indiana ID.
Can I still update the gender marker on my State ID?
Can I still get a nonbinary ID?
YES! The process for updating IDs
has not changed. You can update your ID with a letter or BMV form 55617, where
your doctor certifies that you have undergone all treatment necessary to
permanently change your gender. What treatment is necessary is determined by
your doctor, not the BMV. You can also update our ID with an updated birth
YES! The BMV is issuing
nonbinary IDs and the proposed rule didn’t try to change that.
Can I still update the gender marker on my Indiana Birth Certificate?
YES! The process for updating
birth certificates has not changed. You can update your birth certificate with
a court-ordered gender marker change.
If the rules for updating IDs change, will it be overnight?
No. There are two ways the rules
about changing your gender marker can be changed: from the BMV or from the
legislature. If the BMV wants to try and change the rules again, they will have
to notify the public in advance and give people an opportunity to comment on
the change. It is also possible that there will be legislation on this issue.
For legislative updates, follow the ACLU. Even though there will be warning if
the rules change, if you are able, you should update your IDs now.
How can I get help or learn more?
For legal help with name and
gender marker changes, contact the LGBT project of Indiana Legal Services at
765-423-2703 or [email protected].