LANSIING – State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) has introduced legislation that would create a process for individuals who need to change the gender marker on a driver’s or chauffeur’s license and a state-issued identification card.

“Michigan citizens need a photo ID in order to fully participate in society and conduct everyday business such as opening a bank or credit union account, getting on a plane or a train, or applying for a job. It’s critical that a person’s photo ID match their gender presentation,” said Banks. “My bills would allow an individual to change the gender listed on their state ID or license by presenting certain documents to the Michigan Secretary of State.”

 Banks explained that an ID that doesn’t reflect someone’s appearance and identity doesn’t serve the state’s interest. State-issued identification is intended to provide verification that a person is who they say they are. A policy requiring the inclusion of false, misleading or outdated information undermines the validity of all state identification documents.

 This package of bills would require someone seeking to change their gender designation on an operator’s or chauffeur’s license, or state-issued identification to present one or more of the following forms to the Secretary of State:

  • A United States passport showing the correct gender.
  • A birth certificate showing the correct gender.
  • A court order recognizing the correct gender.
  • A signed letter from a health care provider stating that the individual has undergone clinically appropriate treatment based on contemporary medical standards for the purpose of gender transition, or that the individual has an intersex condition or gender dysphoria. 

“A person with an ID that does not reflect their lived gender could be at risk of harassment or assault, so my bills offer a simple solution that will allow individuals to list their gender on these official state IDs,” said Banks. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass these bills and eventually see them signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.”