A Florida woman may have to retake her driver’s license photo after being told she cannot wear a “Make America Great Again” Trump hat.
When Cheryl Hall of Clermont, Florida first went in to take her driver’s license photo, she was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Hall is a fan of President Trump and wanted to show her support. Initially, she was told she could not wear the hat. Any headwear must be removed, except for religious or medical purposes, they said.
Hall protested, and referenced the exact wording of the law. It states the full face must be visible, and did not specifically ban hats. She also said the Trump hat was part of her religion, so she was allowed to take the picture.
After she has already received her new license with the Trump hat in her picture, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles wants her to come back in and retake the photo – without the hat.
She said she went to get her new license at the end of March and was asked by the employee assisting her to remove the hat.
“I said, ‘Why do I have to take my hat off, when I see a young lady over there with a veil covering around her face?’ I didn’t understand that. So she said to me, ‘That’s her religion.’ I said, ‘If that’s her religion, this is my religion!'”
A spokesman with the Lake County Tax Collector’s Office confirmed that Hall was asked to remove her hat, but he said Hall made no mention of the hat being part of her religion. David Jordan said the employee, who was assisting Hall at the time, was following the DMV manual, which states that the picture must be of the full face and a hat can only be worn for religious or medical reasons. However, Jordan clarified that the actual state statute requires that only the photograph be of the full face.
When Hall called him days later to challenge the situation, citing religion, Jordan said the state DMV told him to allow the hat to be in the photograph. Jordan turned to the actual law and told his employee to take the picture showing the full face.
But in a turn of events, Jordan now says his superiors in Tallahassee have told him that they are reviewing their policy and the decision to allow Hall to take the picture with the hat. According to Jordan, the state is in the process of sending Hall a letter, explaining that she will have to retake the picture.
Hall said, “I am pretty upset! Obviously, I will fight it, even if I have to go to an attorney. It’s ridiculous!”
Here is video of the report, from WOFL Fox 35 in Florida.
No word yet on whether Hall has taken legal action.
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