Bill S5953-2013

Eliminates the photo image fee for veterans who have their license amended with a veteran notation

Eliminates the photo image fee for veterans who have their license or identification cards amended with a veteran notation.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Oct 11, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5953

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to eliminating the photo image fee for veterans who have their license amended with a veteran notation

PURPOSE:

To remove the fee being charged to veterans who order a replacement identification card with the veteran designation.

SUMMARY:

Section 491 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is amended to eliminate the renewal fee for veterans

JUSTIFICATION:

Under a newly enacted Chapter 487 of 2012, men and women who have served in the armed forces are eligible for a special drivers license that indicates their veteran status. There is no additional fee for those who want to receive the special designation when their license is up for its usual renewal. However, for those who want to obtain the new special license before their old license expires, DMV has announced it will charge the individual $12.50.

The intent of the original legislation calling for a veteran designation on state identification cards was in recognition of the great sacrifice nearly one million of New York's men and women; not for the State to collect an extra fee from those who have given so much.

This bill would waive the fee for New York's men and women who chose to serve their country and who now want to obtain a new license with the veterans designation before their current license expires. HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPACT:

To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5953 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 11, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to eliminating the photo image fee for veterans who have their license amended with a veteran notation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 2 of section 491 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as added by chapter 295 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows: (d) There shall be no fee other than a fee prescribed in paragraph (c) of this subdivision for an amended identification card. THERE SHALL BE NO FEE, INCLUDING THE FEE PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (C) OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, FOR AN AMENDED IDENTIFICATION CARD FOR AN AMENDMENT THAT SOLELY ADDS A VETERAN NOTATION UPON SUCH IDENTIFICATION CARD THAT THE CARD HOLDER IS A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES PURSUANT TO PARA- GRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED NINETY OF THIS ARTICLE. S 2. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (d) of subdivision 2 of section 503 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 55 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: (ii) If a knowledge test or [test] TESTS are required to be passed to secure an amended learner's permit or license, the fees for taking of such test or tests specified in paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall be paid. However, if an amendment is to add only an endorsement or endorsements which require only the passing of a knowledge test or tests, a fee of five dollars shall be paid. If a road test or tests are required to be passed to secure an amended license, the fees for taking such test or tests specified in paragraph (b) of this subdivision shall be paid. If no knowledge or road test is required to secure an amended license, the fee required for such amended license shall be five
dollars. In addition, if the fee for the amended learner's permit or license is greater than the fee for the learner's permit or license being amended, the difference in fee shall be paid. If the amendment is only to correct or update a driver's record, no fee other than the photo image fee shall be required. NO FEE, INCLUDING THE PHOTO IMAGE FEE, SHALL BE CHARGED FOR AN AMENDMENT WHICH SOLELY ADDS A VETERAN NOTATION UPON SUCH LICENSE THAT THE DRIVER IS A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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