South Carolina DMV to Trangender Teen: No New D.L. Picture

By Brian Shields

Tue Jun 17th, 2014 1:13pm America/Los_Angeles

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ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says a boy who dresses as a girl may not have his driver’s license photo retaken wearing makeup.

A New York group known as the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund wrote the DMV last week requesting that 16-year-old Chase Culpepper be allowed to have a new photo dressed as he normally does.

The organization said the youth regularly wears makeup and androgynous or girls’ clothing.

In March, Culpepper was told at the DMV office in Anderson he could not have his photo taken with makeup and the defense fund says that violates his free speech rights.

Beth Parks, a DMV spokeswoman, says the agency policy on license photos is that people can’t alter their appearance on license photos.

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