SGI introduces new gender option on driver’s licenses

Published: March 26, 2019

Updated: April 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has announced a change to its driver’s license details selection, adding a third gender to its list. Motorists in Saskatchewan will now be able to choose “X” to denote an unspecified sex designation.

Until now, male and female have been the only options and will remain alongside “X”. SGI introduced the new selection last week and says the change has been made to accommodate drivers with various gender choices. It is also available for people who simply do not want to say what their gender is.

SGI says the change reflects its commitment to creating an inclusive environment:

“We recognize that some of our customers wish to refrain from identifying as either female or male or any gender at all on their identification,” said SGI Auto Fund chief operating officer Penny McCune.

“Customers now have the flexibility to designate their sex on their ID with an ‘F’ or ‘M’, or choose a non-gendered option by indicating ‘X’.”

Saskatchewan has been moving forward with gender inclusivity since a Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench ruling last May. Under the court order, the government was mandated to issue birth certificated without a sex association to two minors.

The X gender choice can be made upon request at an authorized motor license location in Saskatchewan. No documentation is needed, and it is free to make the change.

“As conceptualizations of gender and sex evolve across Saskatchewan and the world, a move to an unspecified option means that all people — whether they’re transgender, non-binary, or simply people who don’t think their gender needs to be on their IDs — will be able to have identification that most accurately represents who they are,” said Jacq Brasseur, Executive Director of the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity in Regina. “Saskatchewan is following the great move of other jurisdictions, and we’re excited to see this change.”