Monday marks the first day Oregon residents will be able to apply for driver's licenses that offer an additional gender option than the typical male and female categories.
Oregon is the first of the 50 states to legally recognize non-binary, intersex and agender people on government ID cards. Washington, D.C., rolled out the same gender-neutral option at the end of June. In Oregon and D.C., the Department of Motor Vehicles will now offer drivers a third "X" option if a person does not wish to identify as a man or woman.
"We must proactively break down the barriers of institutional bias," Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. Brown said the law will help create "a society that upholds the rights, liberties and dignity of each of its people."
The rule was passed by the state's Transportation Commission last Thursday. Australia, New Zealand and India offer third options for citizens' passports. Ontario, Canada, allows residents to select "X" for sex.
A similar measure is being considered in California. Senate Bill 179 passed the Senate in late May and is waiting to get a vote in the House. If passed, it would be the first piece of legislation to on the issue.