ANDERSON, S.C. (WYFF) – A teenager is upset after being told he would have to change his appearance to get his driver’s license.
Chase Culpepper wears makeup and girls’ clothing on a daily basis and was told he needed to look more like a boy before he could receive his new license.
He says he was only dressed the way he does every day and the look wasn’t a disguise.
However, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says it is important your license shows who you are legally.
Officials say if someone is transgender and changes their name and gender through the courts, the DMV will honor that change.
The South Carolina DMV’s photo policy states, “At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”
“This is how I am every day. And if a police officer wanted to recognize how I am, then, he would want to see who I am in my picture as well,” said Culpepper.