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Idaho Relaxes Rules on Transgender Driver's Licenses

April 24, 2013|6:37 pm

The State of Idaho has adopted new rules regarding driver's licenses for transgendered individuals, stating that they no longer require a doctor's note specifying that they had undergone surgery.

In 2011, the Idaho Transportation Department mandated that a transgendered person had to produce a surgeon's signed note specifying their change of gender.

However, the Department opted to amend its rules after the Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union expressed opposition over the former policy.

The ACLU of Idaho took up the issue when two transgendered individuals came to them after being rejected by the ITD over refusing to provide a surgeon's note confirming their sex change.

Jeff Stratten, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department, told Reuters in an interview that the change in policy will not create special privileges for transgendered Idahoans.

"We have not created a new class of license. We've just aligned ourselves with most motor vehicle divisions across the country," said Stratten.

Under the new policy, which Stratten stated most states use, a transgender individual need only produce a court order or doctor's note rather than official proof of a surgical procedure.

The news comes not long after a transgendered woman was banned from an Idaho grocery store over using a women's restroom. Ally Robledo, who was born male but identifies as female, was banned for a year from Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston after complaints were made about Ally using a woman's bathroom.

The Idaho Transportation Department did not return comment to The Christian Post by press time.

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