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Benson simplifies accurate transgender IDs

Jocelyn Benson photo
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A new state policy makes it faster and easier for people to get a Michigan ID or driver’s license that matches their gender identity.

       The rule is effective today.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ordered the new rule. It says people will no longer have to show a new passport, an amended birth certificate, or a court order to change the designated gender on a state I-D.

“People who would like to correct their sex designations on their IDs will only need to complete a form, come into a branch office, and have their photo taken.”

They would also have to pay a nine-dollar fee, and swear an oath. The ACLU sued the state in 2015 demanding a policy similar to this one. The ACLU cheered the new rule, saying this allows transgender people to get an accurate I-D.