Georgia Woman Told To Get A Pap Smear To Prove Gender For New Driver’s License

June 26, 2013  |  

Renewing your driver’s license is always a task, but I think we can all agree Nakia Grimes’ experience trying to get a new ID takes the cake.

The 37-year-old needed to renew her driver’s license which required that she have a passport or birth certificate. Having neither, Grimes went to her local Vital Records office to get a copy of her birth certificate only to find that for the past 37 years the wrong box had been checked when it came to her sex. Her birth certificate listed her as a male instead of a female.

When she asked for the correction to be made, she was told to go to her primary care physician, have a pap smear and a letter written, confirming her status as a female. Talk about offensive!

Grimes refused to go through the humiliation and called her local FOX station to help rectify the problem. The head of the state records office apologized and assured her that that was not their proper protocol. They also promised that the problem would be taken care of. Not long after, records of her son’s birth were looked up and her sex on her birth certificate was changed.

What do you think should happen to the person who relayed obviously wrong instructions to Ms. Grimes? Should they be fired?

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