The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is weighing in on the issues surrounding identification of transgender motorists. The Association is recommending that transgender drivers be allowed to more easily change the gender markers on their driver's licenses.
According to Thomas Manuel, AAMVA's program director of driver fitness, they suggest that transgender drivers be given IDs with their preferred gender marker, so long as a licensed medical provider signs off on it.
"This is a customer service issue as far as we're concerned," said Manuel. "The driver's license has become the de facto form of ID... whatever your gender identity is, that should be on the license."
According to Manuel, updating transgender policies can save DMVs both time and money. Enforcing strict and complicated policies often takes extra resources. Still, he said, it is not certain how many states will adopt the AAMVA recommendations, which Manuel also wrote about in the organization's magazine, MOVE.
In time, Manuel said, AAMVA will likely convene experts on transgender issues to draft an official "best practice" recommendation. For now, the organization is simply making DMVs aware of the issue.