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DMV proposes transgender policy change

Posted at 6:32 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 11:40:33-05

A big change could be coming to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that would make it easier for transgender people to change the gender marker on their license.

“When I started transitioning, I never thought any of this would be possible.”

It would be a major step for transgender men and women in Nevada. 

“We're eliminating the requirement that they get a physician signature to be able to change the gender marker on their drivers licenses,” says DMV spokesperson Kevin Malone.

After a recent hearing, the DMV is moving forward with a proposal that would give folks the ability to decide how they would like to be identified on their license. 

“People who are trans identified have the same rights to identify as who they are,” says Blue Montana.

Montana, who transitioned in 2005, says this would be a major milestone for trans rights. 

"For me to say this is who I am and to just have it accepted, no questions asked, is huge.”

Montana says if passed, this opportunity will break down barriers and give hope to the Las Vegas trans community. 

“This will enable trans people to get jobs easier, walk around with our heads a little bit higher, knowing other people affirm who we are.”

A legislative subcommittee is expected to review the proposal soon for a final decision.

"The state public health division has already changed the rules for birth certificate so why should the DMV requires signature when they don’t.”