Driver’s License FAQs

Ohio Driver’s License

Q: Can I change my gender marker on my Ohio driver’s license?
A: Yes. See Ohio BMV “Declaration of Gender Change” for instructions.

Q: I reside in Ohio, but my doctors and therapist are out of state. Can they sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form?
A: Yes. Any licensed physician/psychologist/therapist is qualified to sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form as long as they are in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Q: Does my physician/psychologist/therapist need to be a member of WPATH?
A: No. Any licensed physician/psychologist/therapist is qualified to sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form as long as they are in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care. Membership to WPATH is NOT a requirement for your physician/psychologist/therapist.

Q: Do I need to have any surgery to have my gender marker changed on my Ohio driver’s license?
A: No. The Ohio BMV no longer requires a letter from your surgeon stating you’ve had SRS.

Q: Is my information public information?
A: No. All records of the Ohio Department of Public Safety or Bureau of Motor Vehicles relating to the physical or mental condition of any person are confidential and are not open to public record.

Q: Can my gender marker be changed if I haven’t had a court ordered name change yet?
A: Yes. You can change your gender marker even if your name has not been changed.

**Note: TransOhio does recommend making sure that if you’ve not had your name changed through the Probate Court, that you do so as soon as you’re able to, so that your name AND gender reflect correctly on your new driver’s license.

Q: I heard that there is a new format for Ohio driver’s license. Are driver’s licenses being issued with a pink background for women, and a blue background for men?
A: There is a new format for the Ohio driver’s license. The background color is pink for all driver’s licenses.

If you have additional questions about the new “Declaration of Gender Change,” please contact TransOhio.