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DMV forces teen to remove makeup to get license photo

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A South Carolina teen says he was unfairly forced by the DMV to take off makeup, which he usually wears, simply because he is male.

Chase Culpepper, 16, said he wears makeup every day to school and to work. He said officials at his local motor vehicles office refused to allow him to get his driver’s license unless he looked more like a boy.

That meant removing the makeup, according to WHNS.

Culpepper thinks he was unfairly singled out, and that the DMV officials told him the makeup was a “disguise” that was not acceptable for a legal identification photo.

A DMV spokesperson defended the requirement as part of their photo policy, which says license photos are not allowed to alter one’s appearance “so the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

That means a male needs to “look like a male” according to the DMV spokesperson.

Culpepper’s mother said she supports him, and some media outlets reported the family was considering legal action.


  • LD

    So, does the DMV tell some women to go home and return in make-up, so they “look” more “like a woman”?!
    Take a special type to join the South Carolina gender police.

  • Emjayfrompa

    This is a young man with a gender identity problem. His mother shou) d be more concerned with getti g him the right help than to claim his rights were violated.

  • Bryan

    No one should be allowed to wear makeup when an official picture is being taken. There. Now it is fair for everyone.

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