Legal reps for Upstate teen told to remove makeup at DMV announce settlement

Published: Apr. 22, 2015 at 2:35 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Legal representatives for an Upstate teen who was told to remove her makeup to take her South Carolina driver's license photo at a Department of Motor Vehicles branch held a Tuesday morning news conference to announce the results of a settlement.

The DMV has agreed to allow Chase Culpepper to take a new driver's license photo with makeup as a result of the settlement. The DMV will also re-evaluate its rules and policies. 

The DMV's original photo policy in 2009 stated at "no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity."

According to Culpepper, she walked in to an Upstate DMV last June and was told she needed to look more like a male before receiving her new license.

Instead, Culpepper and her mother filed a lawsuit in late 2014 to push for changes.

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