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Policy revised for changing sex-indicator on Michigan identification

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 20:27:48-05

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that her administration is revising the policy for changing the sex-indicator on a driver's license or identification card to "make it easier for transgender people to obtain identification."

According to a news release, nearly 81 percent of the transgender population in Michigan lacks proper identification.

“One of my goals is to reduce barriers for marginalized communities to participate fully in our society. The transgender community has faced both marginalization and violence without proper identification,” said Benson in a news release. “This change returns to a policy that was in place before the issue was politicized, and that was utilized by both a Republican and Democrat secretary of state.”

Effective Monday, those who would like to correct the sex designation on their ID or license will need to fill out a form, go to a branch office to have their photo taken and pay the $9 correction fee for a license or $10 for a state ID. A birth certificate, passport or court order will no longer be needed.

The form is available here.