CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has announced it will no longer require trans people to wear certain clothes while presenting themselves in their driver’s license photos.
The Los Angeles Times reported the agency formally changed its policy on July 1 in response to a potential lawsuit the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund threatened to file on behalf of three trans women. These include Trudy Kitzmiller and Kristen Skinner, who claim officials insisted they remove their makeup and jewelry in order to “look male” in their license photos.
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in a press release it released on July 7 identified Valerie Woody as a third potential plaintiff.
“Getting my license updated has been a long struggle,” said Kitzmiller in the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund press release. “I am relieved that the DMV will finally allow me to have a license that reflects the real me and will treat transgender people fairly.”
A new West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles policy that allows trans people to change the gender listed on their driver’s licenses after they submit a doctor’s form also took effect on July 1.