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Illinois to Allow Head Coverings on Driver's License Photos

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By    |   Friday, 14 Aug 2015 10:59 PM

After complaints from Muslim and Sikh groups, the state of Illinois is reportedly telling DMV workers that anyone wearing a religious head covering doesn't have to take it off for a driver's license or photo ID.

Fusion news reports the Illinois Secretary of State's office will begin mailing fliers reminding Department of Motor Vehicle employees that "articles of faith" are legally permissible.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund brought up the issue last year, Fusion reports.

"We had been getting complaints from around the states from Sikh Americans who were being asked to remove or modify their turbans to get their photo ID," executive director Jasjit Singh tells Fusion.

The group then spoke with the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and found Muslim women also were also being asked to remove head coverings.

It's illegal to ask people to remove their head covering and the fliers will be a reminder for state employees to respect religious diversity, a spokesperson for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White tells Fusion.

Muslims became the state's fastest growing and third-largest group in 2012, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The International Business Times reports there are a half-million Sikhs living in the United States.

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After complaints from Muslim and Sikh groups, the state of Illinois is reportedly telling DMV workers that anyone wearing a religious head covering doesn't have to take it off for a driver's license or photo ID.
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