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Hijabi Denied License by DDS

Hijabi Denied License by DDSEarlier this year, a Sandy Springs Department of Driver Services (DDS) agent denied a Muslim woman her license, insisting that Georgia law required her to adjust her headscarf to reveal her ears for the photo.

She then went to the Norcross DDS office and was able to get a license without adhering to this requirement.

According to Georgia law, “A customer may be photographed while wearing a veil, scarf, or headdress so long as it does not cover the area between his or her eyebrows and chin. Customers’ ears need not be uncovered.” -Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 375-3-1-.02(9)

CAIR Georgia contacted the Deputy General Counsel of GA DDS regarding this matter. He responded with clarifications on the law and shared his intentions of training the Sandy Springs DDS agents on the appropriate way to photograph those with religious head coverings.