Muslim woman in Hawaii claims license renewal discrimination

HONOLULU (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says Big Island driver’s licensing officials discriminated against a Muslim woman who wears a hijab.

The group sent a letter to county officials Tuesday saying unconstitutional policies made it difficult for Laycie Tobosa to renew her license.

The letter says Tobosa received a provisional license because her headscarf covered her ears in her photograph.

The letter says it took 18 weeks for Tobosa to get a full license and she was required to submit a letter confirming her religious beliefs.

Hawaii County officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

The ACLU says if they don’t respond with a corrective plan by Nov. 1, the group will consider options, including a lawsuit.

They’re asking Hawaii’s other counties to confirm they don’t impose similar policies.

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