Michigan changes transgender policy for driver’s licenses

From Mich. Sec. of State FB page

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card.

Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have their photo taken, fill out a form and pay $9. They no longer will need to provide a birth certificate, passport or court order.

Benson announced the policy change at a news conference in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, where she was joined by LGBT advocates. Benson says studies show that about 80% of Michigan’s transgender population lacks proper identification.

Benson, a Democrat, says the change returns to a policy that was in place before the issue was “politicized.”

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11 comments

  • kiz miazz

    If you can go by an assumed gender, I should be able to go by an assumed name, Right? After all, its what a person believes themselves to be.

  • On It

    Poor policy that could be easily abused for ill intent. Stop pandering, & make policy for the good of all people, not for the few. This is ridiculous, then again why should I be surprised?! Democrats.

  • Common cents

    There is no such thing as a transgender person. There is a mental disorder called gender dysphoria that explains this condition. So people with mental disorders such as multiple personalities can now get a driver’s license for each person they identify with?????

  • Kevin Rahe

    If “gender” is to be seen as distinct from biological sex, then it’s only the latter that should be on official documents. There are legitimate health and safety reasons to be clear about someone’s sex. Sometimes even the health and safety of someone other than a “transgender” person themselves is at stake. If some people want to make “gender” a meaningless term, then I guess that’s their prerogative. But acquiescing to their desires should not be permitted to endanger themselves or others, and that’s what Benson is doing.

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