Update: Religious Coverings Will be Allowed in Alabama License Photos

February 23, 2004

Source: WAFF News


On February 23, 2004 WAFF News reported, "Responding to complaints from Muslim women, Gov. Bob Riley's administration is changing a policy that prohibited the wearing of head scarves in driver's license photos. The new policy says head coverings and headgear are acceptable for religious beliefs and medical conditions, but for no other reason. State Public Safety Director Mike Coppage said his department was delivering the rule change to county probate judges on Friday, and that it would take effect Monday. Muslim women who had complained were glad to see the state's quick response. 'This is a victory for religious freedom for everyone in this country,' said LaTonya Floyd of Mobile."