Washington State Takes Action to Rectify Religious Discrimination Against Sikhs Regarding Photo IDs

February 26, 2008

Author: Baljit Kaur

Source: United Sikhs


After previously being issued driver’s licenses that were “Not Valid for Identification”, Salwinder S. Atwal, Kundan Singh, and Gurpreet Singh of Washington State will be receiving driver’s licenses that are valid for identification including pictures with their turbans as they are normally worn. UNITED SIKHS, working alongside the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington, approached the Governor’s Office and Department of Licensing officials to discuss discrimination against Sikhs in the issuing of driver’s licenses. As a result, Governor Christine Gregoire has promised immediate action to ensure that Sikhs will receive valid licenses, without restrictions on their turbans.