Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ITD Amends Policy to OK Transgender Licenses Without Doctor's Note

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The State of Idaho's transportation department has amended its policies on driver's licenses allowing transgender motorists to change sex designation without a surgeon's note.

ACLU of Idaho Executive Director Monica Hopkins said the state "did the right thing in updating its policy," after ACLU expressed concern on behalf of two transgender Idahoans who previously updated their driver's licenses to match their gender identities, but whose licenses the Transportation Department cancelled upon realizing later that they had not submitted proof of surgery.

"I'm very happy that the agency agreed to change its policy," Erika Falls, a transgender woman said. "I'm very ... grateful that I and other transgender people in Idaho will be able to get and use accurate identification going forward."

Previously, the state of Idaho had required proof of surgery to change a driver's license.

But ACLU staff attorney Amanda Goad said the requirement "went against accepted medical standards and showed a fundamental lack of understanding of transgender people's needs."

"The state has no business dictating anyone's medical care," said Goad. "And we appreciate the Idaho Department of Transportation agreeing to stop requiring major and potentially unnecessary surgery as a prerequisite for obtaining accurate identification."

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