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CAIR-CA Helps Muslim Woman Retake License Photo


(SAN DIEGO, CA, 7/13/2007) – The San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) announced today that a local Muslim woman will be able to have her driver’s license photograph retaken with her Islamic headscarf, or hijab, after initially being asked to show some of her hair.

CAIR-San Diego says that yesterday afternoon, an employee at the Poway office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) had insisted that the woman pull back her headscarf and show some of her hair for her driver’s license photographs, despite California regulations that allow for religiously mandated head covering, requiring only that the whole face be shown.

SEE: Most States Allow Muslim Scarves in Driver Photos (CAIR)

CAIR-San Diego contacted the DMV and arranged for the woman’s photograph to be retaken and for the DMV employee to apologize to the woman and be reprimanded for giving her inaccurate information.

DMV authorities also received a copy the CAIR report, “Religious Accommodation in Driver’s License Photographs: A review of codes, policies, and practices in the 50 states,” to remind employees of this regulation.

“We thank the Poway office of the DMV for resolving this issue in an expedient manner,” said Edgar Hopida, public relations director of CAIR-San Diego.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Edgar Hopida, Tel: 619-913-0719, E-Mail:


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