Access to ID is necessary to open a bank account, apply for scholarships, and accessing vital services.
Having a driver’s license that misrepresents one’s gender can be a complicated or dangerous situation for a transgender person in any situation where he, she, or they need to show the license -- in bars and restaurants, while filling out forms for employers, or a simple traffic stop. This can potentially lead to discriminatory or violent situations. The most important aspect of transition is living day-to-day life in society in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.
Several barriers exist within our current laws and policies, including cost of updating the documents, the requirement of one or more letters from doctors, and even surgery requirements. Not only is surgery incredibly cost-prohibitive, requiring someone to have any surgery simply to have access to proper identity documents is inappropriate and an invasion of privacy. Surgery is incredibly cost-prohibitive. Requiring someone to have any surgery simply to have access to proper identity documents is inappropriate and an invasion of privacy.
Some of these barriers can be removed through procedural and policy changes, and some of them will require more difficult action. T*of Utah is dedicated to ensuring transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary Utahns have an accessible avenue to identity documents that match their gender.
If you face discrimination or difficulty accessing proper identity documents, you have rights.
We encourage you to share your story with us or file a complaint.