Relates to eliminating noting address change on documents.
Ayes (55): Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (3): Ball, Marchione, Ritchie
Excused (3): Diaz, Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to eliminating noting address change on documents
Purpose of the Bill: This bill would eliminate the requirements that a person note a change of address on the back of his or her driver's license or non-driver identification card (NDID).
Summary of Provisions:
Section 1 of the bill would amend Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) 492(3) to eliminate the requirement that a person record a change of address on the NDID.
Section 2 of the bill would amend VTL § 505(5) to eliminate the requirement that a person record a change of address on the driver's license.
Existing Law: Currently, a person must record a change of address on the back of his or her driver's license or NDID in addition to notifying the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in writing within 10 days after a change of residence occurs.
Prior Legislative History: This is a new bill.
Statement in Support: The requirement that persons note a change of residence on their license or NDID in the place provided is impractical since the protective lamination on modern license documents, which helps deter alteration of the license or NDID, makes writing on such documents difficult. The requirement is also unnecessary since the holder of a license or NDID must also provide written notice to the Commissioner of a change of address, which can be done on-line or via telephone, or by submitting a MV-232 form by mail or in person.
Eliminating the change-of-address block on the back of the license or NDID would serve to free up precious space for more valuable information. DMV is required to record a large and ever-increasing amount of information on driver's licenses, including data regarding the many types of driver license endorsements and restrictions and other information such as a notation regarding the holder's status as an organ donor or a veteran of the United States armed forces. Opening up the space devoted to change of address information will enable more important data elements mandated by legal, administrative, and law enforcement requirements to be displayed in a manner that is easier to read on licenses and NDIDs. This is particularly important for commercial driver's licenses, which may have numerous endorsements and restrictions that need to appear on the license. In fact, some commercial driver's license holders have so many license restrictions, that they cannot all be displayed on the current license document, impeding law enforcement's ability to ascertain all restrictions applicable to a particular driver.
Budget Implications: There are no fiscal implications to the State from this bill.
Local Impact: There is no impact on local governments from this bill.
Effective Date: This bill would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7272 IN SENATE May 8, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- (at request of the Department of Motor Vehicles) -- 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 eliminating noting address change on documents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 492 of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 295 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows: 3. Change of address. It shall be the duty of every holder of an iden- tification card to notify the commissioner in writing of any change of residence of such holder within ten days after such change occurs
[and to make a notation of such change of residence on the identification card in the place provided by the commissioner]. S 2. Subdivision 5 of section 505 of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 780 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows: 5. Change of address. It shall be the duty of every licensee to notify the commissioner in writing of any change of residence of such licensee within ten days after such change occurs [and to make a notation of such change of residence on such license in the place provided by the commis- sioner]. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13919-03-4