In this article, we will discuss the legal process of changing the gender listing on your driver’s license or state ID in Illinois.
For a guide on how to change your name, read out article on Changing Your Name on an Illinois Driver's License.
The process for changing only the gender on your license or ID is relatively simple, especially compared to Changing your Name on an Illinois Driver’s License. All you will need to do when changing the gender listed is go to the Secretary of State office and request a correction on your driver’s license. You will need to bring something to prove your old identity listing such as your current license or a birth certificate as well as a professional documentation of a gender change. Accepted documents must provide proof of beginning the physical surgery of gender modification or hormone treatment from a medical doctor or psychologist.
Providing documents to reflect your "new" gender is the most complex aspect of the process currently, as many people who want to change the gender listed on their license may not want to receive any surgery or treatment related to their sex or gender. As of now, Illinois law will only allow the listed gender to be changed if someone is receiving gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy. However, not all hope is lost. You may be able to talk with your doctor or psychologist to see if they are aware of any other options to provide medical evidence of your gender identity. You can also speak with an attorney to better understand your specific legal options in this matter.
Illinois currently only offers two options for gender identity on your license, unlike some states such as California, Washington, and Arkansas who offer a third option listed as “X.” If you are outside of Illinois, the law regarding your ID and process for changing information may be different than what is explained here. You may want to research the process and laws specifically for your state to assure you are aware of every option and of the best route for you.
As the law evolves and LGBTQ issues become more and more prominent in the eyes of lawmakers, it is likely that much of this law will change. For the most up to date and accurate assessment of your options, you may benefit from seeking a consultation with an attorney who will be able to explain the state of the ever-changing landscape of civil rights laws. You can also follow this blog at learn-about-law.com where we will can answer questions you post in our comments section.
If you would like to learn more about LGBTQ Law in Illinois, you can read our article: “Can a Landlord refuse to rent to an LGBT tenant in Illinois?”