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Michigan changes transgender policy for driver’s licenses

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 17:24:32-05

LANSING, Mich. — 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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