The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to new regulations allowing drivers who are transgender to change the sex designation on their driver’s licenses without a note from a surgeon. The change comes after two people complained that previous policy violated their civil rights.
The agency will now require a court order or affidavit from a doctor attesting to a gender change, according to a policy signed by director Brian Ness on Monday.
“We’re glad that the state has recognized the important and legitimate needs of transgender Idahoans,” said Monica Hopkins, executive director of the ACLU of Idaho. “All Idahoans should be able to get a driver’s license that correctly reflects who they are without disclosing sensitive personal information completely unrelated to their ability to drive. The state did the right thing in updating its policy.”