OMV considers revising state policy for photo IDs

OMV considers revising state policy for photo IDs

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Office of Motor Vehicles is reviewing its policy regarding photo IDs after a report about a self-identified transgender woman who was denied an ID.

Two commissioners and two lawyers examined the policy Wednesday and more officials will review them at a meeting Thursday, according to Stephen Campbell, the state Commissioner of the OMV.

Earlier Wednesday, Campbell said a change to the policy was possible. That change would potentially allow people to present themselves in non-traditional ways in ID photos, like Alexandra Glover who was turned away for wearing makeup and a dress when she went to get replacement ID while her birth certificate identified her as a male.

Later in the day, Campbell walked back those claims, saying the OMV was merely reviewing the policy.

Since 1986, state motor vehicle policy has stated the following:

"At no time will an applicant be photographed when it is obvious he/she is misrepresenting his/her gender and/or purposely alternating his/her appearance in an effort which would "misguide/misrepresent" his/her identity."

Campbell said the policies regarding transgender individuals will not be altered. The state policy for changing gender identity on a license will still require a statement from a physician stating individual has successfully undergone gender transition in order for a new ID card to be issued.

The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter Thursday afternoon to Campbell urging a change to the policy for transgender people.

"Louisiana has no legitimate interest in forcing someone to alter their appearance in order to satisfy stereotypes particularly when doing so will result in a photograph that bears little resemblance to the person," said Executive Director Marjorie R. Esman in the letter.

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