Motor Vehicles denies license to Muslim woman
by ALDETH LEWIN
ST. THOMAS - A national advocacy group for Islamic-Americans is questioning the constitutionality of a V.I. Bureau of Motor Vehicles policy requiring Muslim women to remove their headscarves for their drivers license photos.
The Council on Islamic-American Relations, was contacted by St. Thomas resident Nailah Jamil, who wears a hijab every day. It covers her hair, ears and neck.
Jamil's old drivers license had a photo of her taken before she began wearing the hijab, so to ensure that her public appearance matched her photo identification, Jamil went to the bureau to update her license.
She brought all the required documents, stood in line, paid for the new license, and went in to have her picture taken.
It wasn't until that point in the process that anyone at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles said anything about the headscarf she was wearing.
The staff asked her to remove it.
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