Basic Rights Oregon has been waging a stealth campaign to change sex marker policy for an Oregon driver’s license. Currently, a person needs to present a document to the Department of Motor Vehicles signed by a therapist stating that the applicant is living “full time” as the opposite sex (based, of course, on sex stereotypes) or other documentation that the applicant has had sex reassignment surgery. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles maintains a list of about 50 approved practitioners whose letters will be accepted. That situation is going to change starting next month. The DMV will still require a therapist’s letter, but there is now no list of approved practitioners. Essentially, anyone practicing as a therapist can write a letter, no matter their specialty or qualifications, so there will be no standards.
Of even greater significance is a new policy where anyone can change their sex marker with nothing needed but their own declaration. Under the policy, anyone can change their sex marker as many times as they want, as often as they want, with no age limits and no parental consent needed for minors. Here is a mockup of the new gender change form, and there really is no requirement to prove anything:
According to our source, Basic Rights Oregon has met with Governor John Kitzhaber, who supports the measure. Here are 5 pages of an internal memorandum from Basic Rights Oregon to the Oregon Department of Transportation detailing the plan. Basic Rights Oregon has spun this as a chance for the Oregon DMV to “be the first state in the nation to be a leader in adopting a self-attestation policy” for transgender people.