Residents of B.C. who do not identify as male or female will now have the choice when it comes to government identification.

They can choose to display an X as a third option in the gender field of their B.C.-issued driver’s licence, identity card, birth certificate and BC Services Card.

Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services said the action moves British Columbia into the 21st century when it comes to gender identity.

David Eby, Attorney General, said the lack of an alternative for those who do not identify with the male or female designation has previously resulted in cases that were being considered at the Human Rights Tribunal.

There will be a number of hoops those who want to change their identity will have to jump through including providing a copy of a physician’s or psychologist’s confirmation form.