Delaware DMV Offers Apology for Headscarf Incident

April 14, 2010

Author: Mike Chalmers

Source: Delaware Online/The News Journal

Getting her driver's license should have been an exciting rite of passage for a Sussex County teenager, her mother said.

But when Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles workers told the 16-year-old girl to remove her Muslim headscarf -- despite an agency policy allowing her to wear it in her license picture -- the experience ended in tears and embarrassment.

"It's a crying shame that a piece of fabric on her head could cause such an uproar," said the mother, who asked not to be identified to avoid further public attention.