Fla. Court rejects Muslim's veiled driver's license photo.
A Florida state appeals court has upheld the suspension of a Muslim woman's driver's license Noun 1. driver's license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
driver's licence, driving licence, driving license
license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something
because she refused to have her picture taken without her veil.
Although Florida law The jurisprudence of this state offers major differences from doctrines prevailing in the United States at either the federal level or that of the various states.
Homestead exemption from forced sale, the dangerous instrumentality doctrine, the right to privacy, and the Williams requires drivers' licenses to bear a full face photograph, when Sultaana Freeman of Winter Park obtained her license in early 2001, she was photographed in her veil and issued a license. Ten months after the license was issued, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles ordered Freeman to submit an unveiled photo for her driver's license or lose driving privileges.
Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonpartisan organization devoted to the preservation and extension of the basic rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution. of Florida, Freeman sued the Department maintaining its actions had violated her constitutional rights, including her religious liberty rights as protected under the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (, also known as RFRA) is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws which substantially burden a person's free exercise of their religion. .
Upholding a lower court, a three-judge panel of Florida's 5th District Court of Appeal concluded that Freeman had failed to prove that the state law regarding driver's licenses substantially burdened her free exercise of religion.
The ACLU ACLU: see American Civil Liberties Union. plans to appeals the Freeman v. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles ruling to the Florida Supreme Court.