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According to Forbes, Dutch ID Cards are scheduled to become gender-free in several years (~2025):

Dutch ID cards will be gender-free within five years, as the Government seeks to end the “unnecessary” registration of gender.

I am wondering if this is already happening in another country or state.

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    A more comprehensive list is on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_recognition_of_non-binary_gender (in US it varies state by state). Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 8:25
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    @MaciejPiechotka that seems to be more about recognition of additional gender options rather than removing the field altogether.
    – CDJB
    Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 8:45
  • Are you interested only in having no gender field, as opposed to allowing an X option or similar? Do titles count- since the most commonly used are linked to gender. Commented Dec 23, 2021 at 11:53
  • @Unfair-Ban I am interested in the IDs that do not contain gender-related information, explicitly or implicitly (can be deducted from some numeric ID, for example). "Allowing an X option" list would be an interesting topic though (for another question).
    – Alexei
    Commented Dec 23, 2021 at 12:00
  • Michigan will not have gender free IDs, but now has "X" gender: detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/11/02/… Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 15:29

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The German identity card doesn't have gender information. It is neither in the human readable part of the card, and in the machine readable code, the gender character is "<" for "Unspecified". No gendered honorifics or pronouns are used on the card.

The UK doesn't have identity cards. The drivers licence acts as a de facto identity card (you can use it to establish your identity in interactions with the police, for example). The human readable part of the UK driver's licence is ungendered, however the driver's number encodes the sex of the drive (in the six digits which encode the date of birth, the second digit is 0 or 1 for male drivers and 5 or 6 for female drivers) However Northern Ireland driver's numbers don't use this scheme. Older licences use Mr or Mrs, but newer ones seem to be ungendered.

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    I believe the UK driving licence encodes gender in the licence number, although it doesn’t have an explicit gender field.
    – CDJB
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 11:16
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    You're right! I'd never noticed that.
    – James K
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 13:48
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    ICAO specification 9303 (part 5) identifies "sex" as a mandatory field in the visual inspection zone, calling for the value to be "X" when the issuer of the document wishes not to specify. Have the German authorities explicitly decided to issue ID cards that are not compliant? Are they lobbying for a change in the specification? They already seem to have scored one accommodation, which is the use of D>> to denote "Deutschland" instead of the ISO 3166 alpha-3 code like all the other countries use.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 17:17
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    Yet the card is mostly compliant with 9303, and it can be used in aviation, for example to fly from Germany to Ireland or vice versa. So it is a travel document, and it is machine readable; it's just not fully compliant with the specification.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 18:13
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    Given the UK's complicated relationship with national ID systems, in some cases a utility bill (even a mobile phone bill) can act as an "identity card" (or at least, in the place where other countries would use an ID card) whether this is gendered or not depends on how stupid the service provider's IT system is with its choice of titles.
    – origimbo
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 12:19
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A few examples:

  • The Iranian national identity card does not record gender or sex, and must be applied for by all citizens aged 15 and over. The Iranian identity booklet, does contain gender information, but is more comparable to a birth certificate.

  • Similar to the UK; Australia doesn't have a national identity card; instead, driver's licences may be used as a valid form of identification. Queensland was the only state to ever include gender on its driver's licences, and this field was removed for licences issued after October 2016.

  • In Ontario, Canada, sex designation was removed from state health cards from June 2016. Minister of Health and Long Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins gave this explanation:

The purpose of health cards is to show that the card holder is eligible for public health care. A person’s sex is not relevant. Ensuring that all people in Ontario feel comfortable and safe is especially important in health care settings, and removing sex designation from health cards is a step towards achieving that.

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Belgium will begin the implementation of ungendered identity card in 2022.

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    Interesting... the article seems to suggest that gender was only added in 2003 as well.
    – CDJB
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 8:28
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    @CDJB also odd is the apparent implication that its withdrawal is connected to its status as "personal data." The very purpose of an identification card is to hold personal data and convey it to others in order to establish the identity of a person.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 10:17
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    @phoog does the gender stated on an ID card help others confirm the holder's identity? If not, then it's just sharing that (personal) information unnecessarily.
    – JJJ
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 17:51
  • @JJJ would you say the same of date of birth or of height? In this age of photographic identity documents, and especially of biometric identity documents, the date of birth also seems somewhat superfluous.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 18:34
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    @JJJ well, you need some personal data to distinguish people from each other. Otherwise, all John Smiths of the world could impersonate each other (for example, use each other's university degrees, or vaccination passes)
    – wimi
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 8:15
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Mexican voter IDs became optionally ungendered in 2019. Instead of assuming, they explicitly ask if you want the card to state the gender. Voter IDs are issued to people 18 years or older, and are the de-facto national identity cards of Mexico.

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In New Zealand we don't even need ID cards*, and our drivers licence which is sometimes used for proof of identity, doesn't have a gender on it.

*There is an ID card that you can get in New Zealand to prove you are over 18, called Kiwi Access Card, again no gender.

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  • Same in Australia with KeePass. (Although passports have gender markers.) Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 4:42
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Don't know if this matches what you're looking for, but the US is issuing X gender identification on passports.

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  • I believe this will start early in 2022. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 4:17
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    @DavidSmith According to NPR, the first non-binary passport has already been issued
    – doneal24
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 14:59
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Driver's license cards in the European Union follow the European standard (see wikipedia), which does not have a field for gender. As the driver's license can be used as an ID card, one could claim that all of Europe already has gender free ID cards.

It then depends on the country whether the gender is then easily obtainable. In Sweden, for example, the driver's license has your national ID number listed, which allows authorities to obtain pretty much all information about you, including your gender.

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  • Not all EU countries accept driving licences as ID cards.
    – gerrit
    Commented Dec 22, 2021 at 8:40
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Argentina started allowing the X gender in 2021.
Official source in Spanish

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