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New License Policy For Transgender Idahoans

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Idaho Transportation Department has amended its policy regarding transgender driver's licenses.

Driver's license rules in the gem state are changing. Idaho transgender motorist can now change sex designation without a doctor's note.

In 2011, the Idaho Transportation Department began requiring a signed surgeon's note when someone had undergone a complete surgical change of gender.

"I think if someone wants to be a transgender they should be able to do that in their own privacy and you shouldn't have to tell the world. Obviously they were uncomfortable on who they were in the first place and we should respect that” said Harlee Nevarez, respects privacy.

ITD changed its policy after the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho expressed concern on behalf of two transgender Idahoans. They previously updated their driver's licenses to match their gender identity and were blocked.

"I'm not necessary sure what my opinion is on transgender but on terms of licensing I think that's fine."

Idaho Transportation officials say, this is solely an ITD policy for the documentation of licensed drivers. It has no implications for other state government documents or policies.

"I think it's good, I think the people have the right to do what they want to do, and we shouldn't try to make us tell us what to do. Idaho is behind in the time on everything. We're still different from every other state” said Ella Johnson, okay with change.

The U.S. State Department no longer requires transgender people to have surgery before correcting the gender marker on passports.

The majority of states don't require surgery for changing the gender marker on a driver's license.


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