The change became inevitable after an Oregon judge’s decision last June to allow then 52-year-old Jamie Shupe the right to legally identify as non-binary, which was thought to be a first in the United States, according to NPR.
“My gender identity has never been male, but I feel like I have to own up to my male biology,” Shupe told the Oregonian at the time. “Being non-binary allows me to do that. I’m a mixture of both. I consider myself as a third sex.”
The Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement that it took roughly a year to implement the change because “time was required to study state laws, update computer systems, work with business partners such as law enforcement and courts, and change administrative rules.”
DMV spokesman David House told the Guardian, “There was very little opposition” to the change.
California’s state Senate passed a bill on May 31 to allow a third gender option on all state issued documents. It’s awaiting a vote in the House. Oregon’s change did not require a legislative vote, the Oregonian reported.