Queensland Is Making Driver’s Licenses Gender Neutral

The decision was made to address possible discrimination, but it’s not without its faults.

by VICE Staff
12 January 2018, 1:12am


Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) have announced they will no longer specify an individual's gender on their driver’s licence. The decision was made to ensure they’re in line with state anti-discrimination laws, although the TMR also stated they had received some complaints over the inclusion of gender from members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Drivers will still be asked to specify their gender when applying for a licence, it just won’t be printed on their physical card. Also, cops can still look up a driver’s information through their QLite tablet devices.

In addition to gender, the crack down on possible discrimination will see the removal of any mention of height, hair, and eye colour. While the decision was made overnight, the move has been in play for a while. The department hasn’t recorded the aforementioned information from drivers since october 2016.

If you have a licence with any of this info that you’d like to amend, you don’t have to wait till yours expires - you can apply for a new one now.

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