Bill S5961-2013

Eliminates certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses

Eliminates certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses.

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Actions

  • Jun 16, 2014: referred to transportation
  • Jun 16, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 16, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1394
  • Jun 16, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Oct 21, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - May 20, 2014
Ayes (19): Robach, Marcellino, Carlucci, Gallivan, Larkin, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Young, Zeldin, Avella, Dilan, Diaz, Kennedy, Perkins, Squadron, Stavisky, Gipson

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5961

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to eliminating certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses and identification cards

PURPOSE: To eliminate the fee that veterans are currently paying in situations where a veteran notation is added to an existing license or ID while it is still valid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision (a-1) of section 504 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to add that the commissioner shall not require a fee for the addition of a veteran notation to a valid existing license which is not being renewed at the time the addition of the veteran notation is requested.

Section 2 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 490 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to add that the commissioner shall not require a fee for the addition of a veteran notation to a valid existing identification card which is not being renewed at the time the addition of the veteran notation is requested.

Section 3 provides that this act shall take effect immediately

EXISTING LAW: Current law provides that the commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such licenses or renewals to persons requesting a veteran notation which is different from fees otherwise required.

JUSTIFICATION: Effective October 3, 2013, any person who was a member of the armed forces and was honorably discharged can opt to have their veteran status displayed on their license and non driver ID card. Though veterans are still charged the normal fee for new and renewal licenses and IDs, they are not being charged a separate fee for the notation itself on a new photo document or on a renewal. However, when a veteran goes to have his/her license or ID amended to have the veteran designation on it, in which case it isn't a new id or a renewal, they are being charged $12.50. At least 35 counties in New York State already issue Veteran FAVOR ID cards free of charge in the very same DMV offices that must charge $12.50 for veteran notation on their valid licenses and non driver IDs. The Veterans FAVOR program honors our veterans by issuing free photo ID cards with veteran status displayed that they can use to obtain discounts from participating stores and service companies. NYS should follow the example of over half of its counties and also honor our veterans by allowing them to proudly display their status without charging them for the privilege.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This Act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5961 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 21, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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 certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran nota- tion to valid licenses and identification cards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. 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 for the issuance of such licenses or renewals thereof to persons requesting a veteran notation which is different from fees otherwise required. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE A FEE FOR THE ADDITION OF A VETERAN NOTA- TION TO A VALID EXISTING LICENSE WHICH IS NOT BEING RENEWED AT THE TIME THE ADDITION OF THE VETERAN NOTATION IS REQUESTED. S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 490 of the vehicle 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. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE A FEE FOR THE ADDITION OF A VETERAN NOTATION TO A VALID EXISTING IDENTIFICA- TION CARD WHICH IS NOT BEING RENEWED AT THE TIME THE ADDITION OF THE VETERAN NOTATION IS REQUESTED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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