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ITD agrees to drop requirement for transgender drivers to show proof of surgery to get driver’s license

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.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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