No gender changes on driver’s license, says Florida agency (includes video story)

Florida drivers will now be required to identify by their sex assigned at birth when applying for a driver license.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a memo on Friday rescinding the regulation that directed personnel to issue a new license to those who wished to alter their gender marker. The memo also emphasized that the term “gender” refers to one’s biological makeup and not personal identification.

Department officials say the switch is important to ensure security and reliability, but opponents believe it poses a threat to the LGBTQ+ community.

“It puts a target on our back,” said Nikole Parker, director of transgender equality at Equality Florida.

Estefani Calandriello is a Junior majoring in Digital Communications and Media specializing in Broadcasting at Florida International University. She has a strong sense of enthusiasm and loves to travel and take pictures. Her desired job is to work in the entertainment industry.