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Bill S5955-2013

Prohibits the imposition of any additional fee for the issuance of a driver's license or non-driver identification card with a veteran's notation

Prohibits the imposition of any additional fee for the issuance of a driver's license or non-driver identification card with a veteran's distinguishing mark.

Details

Actions

  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Oct 16, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - May 13, 2014
Ayes (17): Robach, Marcellino, Carlucci, Gallivan, Larkin, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Young, Zeldin, Avella, Diaz, Kennedy, Squadron, Stavisky, Gipson
Ayes W/R (1): Perkins
Excused (1): Dilan

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5955                REVISED 5/8/14

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the imposition of any additional fee for a veteran's notation on a non-driver identification card or a driver's license

PURPOSE: To prohibits the imposition of any additional fee for the issuance of a driver's license or non-driver identification card with a veteran's notation

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 490 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is amended to eliminate the renewal fee for veterans

JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 487 of 2012 directs the DMV to make the veteran's status available to all honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who apply for the designation on a DMV issued photo document. Currently, if not up for renewal, a veteran would need to pay $12.50 transaction fee to make the change.

This bill would waive the state transaction fee of $12.50 for veterans who now have the option of amending their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver identification to indicate their status as a veteran.

Providers of veterans services at the state, local and even the federal level, do not currently have the ability to reach out to the veterans population, effectively or accurately. This driver's license "checkoff' will now allow the State of New York to finally communicate with the vast majority of veterans living in New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Limited.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5955 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. BALL -- 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 prohibiting the imposition of any additional fee for a veteran's notation on a non-driver identification card or a driver's license THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 490 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 487 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (b) The identification card shall contain a distinguishing number or mark and adequate space upon which an anatomical gift, pursuant to arti- cle forty-three of the public health law, by the holder may be recorded and shall contain such other information and shall be issued in such form as the commissioner shall determine; provided, however, every iden- tification card or renewal thereof issued to a person under the age of twenty-one years shall have prominently imprinted thereon the statement "UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE" in notably distinctive print or format. Provided, further, however, that every identification card issued to an applicant who was a member of the armed forces of the United States and received [on] AN honorable discharge or was released therefrom under honorable conditions shall, upon his or her request and submission of proof as set forth herein, contain a distinguishing mark, in such form as the commissioner shall determine, indicating that he or she is a veteran. Such proof shall consist of a certificate of release or discharge from active duty including but not limited to a DD Form 214 or other proof satisfactory to the commissioner. The commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such identification cards or renewals thereof to persons under twenty-one years of age which are different from the fees required for the issuance of identification cards or renewals thereof to persons twenty-one years of age or over[, nor fees
to persons requesting a veteran notation which are different from fees that would otherwise be required]
. FURTHERMORE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL FEE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF AN IDENTIFICATION CARD WITH A VETERAN'S NOTATION OR RENEWALS THEREOF, AND THE ONLY FEE AUTHORIZED FOR SUCH A CARD SHALL BE THAT FEE AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED NINETY-ONE OF THIS ARTICLE UPON SUCH CARD'S ORIGINAL ISSUANCE AND UPON EACH RENEWAL THEREOF. S 2. Paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 487 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows: (a-1) Every license or renewal thereof issued to an applicant who was a member of the armed forces of the United States and received an honor- able discharge or was released therefrom under honorable conditions shall, upon his or her request and submission of proof as set forth herein, contain a distinguishing mark, in such form as the commissioner shall determine, indicating that he or she is a veteran. Such proof shall consist of a certificate of release or discharge from active duty including but not limited to a DD Form 214 or other proof satisfactory to the commissioner. The commissioner shall not require [fees] ANY ADDI- TIONAL FEE for the issuance of such licenses or renewals thereof to persons requesting a veteran notation [which is different from fees otherwise required], AND THE ONLY FEE AUTHORIZED FOR SUCH A LICENSE SHALL BE THOSE FEES AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPHS (B), (B-1), (C) AND (C-1) OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED THREE OF THIS ARTI- CLE UPON SUCH LICENSE'S ORIGINAL ISSUANCE AND UPON EACH RENEWAL THEREOF. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after October 3, 2013.

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