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Upstate teen told to take off make-up for DMV photo settles lawsuit

Chase Culpepper (Source: WYFF) Chase Culpepper (Source: WYFF)

ANDERSON, SC (WYFF) - The lawsuit filed on behalf of an Upstate 16-year-old forced to take off her makeup for a driver's license picture was settled Monday.

In the settlement, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles agreed to allow Chase Culpepper to take a driver's license picture wearing everyday makeup.

The department also agreed to modify its policies and procedures.

Culpepper considered herself gender non-conforming, wearing makeup almost daily and dressing in girl's clothing. However, since then, she now identifies as transgendered. 

After passing her drivers' test in march last year, the DMV in Anderson told her the makeup had to be removed.

The DMV says it was following policy in that no photograph can be taken if a person is purposely altering their appearance to misrepresent their identity.

The lawsuit said this action denied Culpepper her right to free speech and expression.

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