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Teen Sues DMV After Officials Tell Him to Remove Makeup for License Photo

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 11:30 AM

A teen has sued the DMV in South Carolina after officials told the 16-year-old boy he would have to remove his makeup in order to have his driver's license photo taken.

Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women's clothing, according to The Associated Press. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, he told reporters that being ordered by state Department of Motor Vehicle officials to remove what they called a disguise was degrading.

"I left the DMV feeling humiliated," Culpepper said. "I want to be myself and have a driver's license photo that reflects that."

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After passing his driving test in March, Culpepper went to get his license at a DMV office in Anderson, about 100 miles northwest of Columbia. That day, as is the case every day, Culpepper wore makeup and women's clothing.

But the agency wouldn't let Culpepper wear makeup for a photo because of a policy that bans license pictures when someone is purposefully altering his or her appearance. After several attempts, Culpepper says the makeup was removed to the satisfaction of DMV employees, and a license photo was ultimately taken.

In June, a New York group known as the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund wrote to DMV officials, asking that Culpepper be allowed to have a new photo taken that's more reflective of his daily attire. The agency refused, citing DMV policy saying that "at no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity."

The group assisted in Culpepper's lawsuit, writing in the complaint that the policy is unconstitutionally vague and should be discarded, and that he should be allowed to take a new photo.

The policy "lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how men and women need to look without regard for the rights of the people that they are supposed to serve," Michael Silverman, the fund's executive director, said Tuesday. "Chase should be allowed to get a driver's license without being subjected to sex discrimination."

DMV officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit. Silverman said he was not aware of another such case in the country involving a DMV's refusal to take a person's license photo based on makeup.

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