Keri Renault

Maryland to Continue Driver's License Gender Marker Policy

Filed By Keri Renault | December 27, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

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Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director of Equality Maryland reports that the Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA) will not alter its current gender/sex marker revision policy in the immediate future.

She released the following email received from the Office of the Attorney General and the MVA:

MVA believes that the current policy on gender designation which
has been in practice for almost a decade is secure and the procedures
we have adopted ensures reasonable accommodation for individuals who
are making a gender transition change. At this time, MVA is not
effecting a change to that policy. However, written legal advice
received from the Office of Attorney General clearly states that MVA's
current policy does not meet all statutory requirements and we are
therefore continuing to work with the Office of Attorney General
before making a final determination on whether a policy update is
appropriate.

Meneses-Sheets concluded, "The MVA intends to stick with current procedures;
however they continue to assert that the policy does not meet all
statutory requirements. In the New Year, Equality Maryland and our
partners will work to convene relevant stakeholders to either secure a
change in the statutory requirements or assess policy revisions."

The MVA policy came under attack from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General earlier this year, claiming transgender individuals were abusing the intent of the policy--petitioning a gender marker change with no intention of future genital surgery.

The current MVA policy offers transitioners the potential of having their driver's license gender marker revised by presenting a personal letter requesting the change. The policy also requires letters of recommendation from a gender therapist and physician supervising HRT substantiating the applicant's successful fulltime transition to their target gender.


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