Bill S710-2011

Provides that photos used on a driver's license may not be more than 8 years old

Provides that the photograph used on a driver's license shall not be more than 8 years old.

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Actions

  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S710

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to photo images used on driver's licenses

PURPOSE:

Provides that no photo image used on a driver's license may be more than 8 years old.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends 502(6)(a) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to provide that photo images used on driver's licenses are not more than eight years old. Section 2 amends section 504(1)(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (when issuing resolutions) to provide that photo images used on driver's licenses are not more than eight years old. Section 3 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Driver's licenses are now the nation's primary form of accepted identification, yet many of the photo images being used on licenses are out of date, and may only minimally resemble the holder. Requiring an up-to-date photo image on each NYS driver's license is one of the many simple measures that can be taken to tighten security and ensure driver's licenses remain an indisputable form of identification.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2008 Referred to Transportation 2009 Referred to Transportation 2010 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

One year after becoming a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 710 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to photo images used on driver's licenses THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (a) A license issued pursuant to subdivision five of this section shall be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless such license is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be renewed by submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by law, proofs of prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision prescribed by the commissioner, the applicant's social security number, and if required by the commissioner a photo image of the applicant in such numbers and form as the commissioner shall prescribe, PROVIDED THAT NO PHOTO IMAGE USED ON THE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS OLD. In addition, an applicant for renewal of a license containing a hazard- ous material endorsement shall pass an examination to retain such endorsement. The commissioner shall, with respect to the renewal of a hazardous materials endorsement, comply with the requirements imposed upon states by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of the code of federal regulations. A renewal of such license shall be issued by the commissioner upon approval of such application, except that no such license shall be issued if its issuance would be inconsistent with the provisions of section five hundred sixteen of this title, and except that the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the applicant is the holder of a currently valid or renewable license to drive issued
by another state or foreign country unless the applicant surrenders such license. S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 406 of the laws of 2001, is amended to read as follows: (b) The commissioner may by regulation provide that every driver's license contain the photo image of the licensee, PROVIDED THAT NO PHOTO IMAGE USED ON A DRIVER'S LICENSE IS MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS OLD. The learner's permit may also contain the photo image of the permittee pursuant to regulations established by the commissioner. S 3. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law.

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