Indiana Attorney General Stalls BMV Gender Change Rule

Local Representatives and LGBTQ supporters react to the attorney general not signing a new gender rule change measure.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 6:39 PM

LAFAYETTE Ind. (WLFI)- Indiana's attorney general is stalling a rule change that would shift how people change the gender on a driver's license or state ID.

It would add a step to the process and would shift responsibility from the BMV to the State Department of Health.

"It's very important for Trans folks to have identification that matches how they present themselves to the world,” says Lorne Sadler the Vice President of Pride Lafayette. “It protects them against discrimination, it protects them from potential violence.”

As of right now, the BMV signs off on applicants who bring the proper documentation needed to change their gender marker on their Identification ID.
"Basically it's just a shift from the BMV over to the Indiana Department of Health," says Senator Ron Alting who represents Tippecanoe county.

The new rule would have the department of health review that documentation, and then give the applicant an approval form they can take to the BMV.

"I would prefer to personally keep it the same way it is right now because it's more user-friendly,” added Senator Alting. “It's just a one-stop-shop so to speak. However, I think, in talking to the BMV, they are looking for a little more transparency."

Although the final version of the health department form isn't available yet, it's supposed to be similar to the form used at the BMV. Since medical documents are involved, BMV leaders say they think it's more appropriate for the health department to review those than the motor vehicle department.
Local LGBT advocates say they just want a sufficient way to obtain identification.

"We all want one thing we want policies in place that will make it easier for trans folks to navigate their lives we don't support any more policies that make it more difficult,” added Sadler.

This proposed rule was set to go into effect in October. The attorney general has not set a new timeline.

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