New driving regulations implemented for Transgender Alaskans

New regulations are set to take effect in Alaska that will allow transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their drivers' licenses.


Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state on behalf of a transgender woman. The lawsuit alleged the woman was denied a driver's license listing her gender as female unless she provided proof she'd undergone a sex change operation.


A judge in March ordered the Division of Motor Vehicles to adopt a new regulation, and allowed 180 days for the state to comply. ACLU worked with the state in crafting the regulation, which will still require proof but in the form of a licensed provider certifying he or she has been involved in the person's case and expects the change in description to be permanent.