The Idaho Transportation Department this week agreed to new regulations allowing transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their driver's licenses without a note from a surgeon, after two people complained that previous policy violated their civil rights. In April 2011, the state highway agency began requiring a signed surgeon's note signifying the individual "had undergone a complete surgical change of gender.'' Early this year, two people said they were blocked from getting their driver's licenses, based on this policy. Through the American Civil Liberties Union, they complained this was not only an invasion of their privacy but also an arbitrary requirement, since only a fraction of people undergoing a gender transformation do so through a surgical intervention, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
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