Why Is Maryland Forcing Transgender Drivers to Have Surgery to Change Their License’s Gender?


Maryland’s transgender community is facing a whole new bureaucratic hoop to have fun jumping through if new DMV rules take effect. Previously, changing your gender on your license required a doctor’s report stating you were in active gender reassignment treatment. New rules, however, will require an amended birth certificate, which requires you going to court — and proving that you’ve had surgery to change your gender. But the bigger question, aside from how this will affect Maryland’s Ts, is this: Why now?