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The Idaho Transportation Department this week agreed to new regulations allowing transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their driver's licenses without a note from a surgeon, the Associated Press reports, after two people complained that previous policy violated their civil rights. In April 2011, the state highway agency began requiring a signed surgeon's note signifying the individual “had undergone a complete surgical change of gender.” Early this year, two people said they were blocked from getting their driver's licenses, based on this policy.
Only a fraction of people undergoing a gender transformation do so through a surgical intervention, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group; others utilize hormone treatments. The agency will now require a court order or affidavit from a doctor attesting to a gender change, rather than requiring proof of surgery, according to a policy signed by director Brian Ness on Monday. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.