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CA Senate Bill 179

Notary Law Update: CA Senate Bill 179

State: California

Summary:

Senate Bill 179 allows an individual to choose the descriptor "nonbinary" on their state driver's license or ID, and Notaries will encounter IDs with this gender descriptor.

Signed:  October 15, 2017

Effective:  January 01, 2019

Chapter: 853

Affects:

Amends Section 12800 of the Vehicle Code.

Changes:
  1. Requires an applicant for an original driver's license or renewal of a driver's license to choose a gender category of female, male or nonbinary.
Analysis:

In 2017, the California Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, Senate Bill 179. This bill enacts several provisions related to gender transition and procedures for updating their gender transition on state-issued identity documents. This bill affects Notaries because after January 1, 2019 driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards may contain the descriptor “non-binary” as a card bearer’s gender. In attempting to verify a document signer’s identity, Notaries will need to be mindful of this new descriptor.

Read the bill text.

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