senate Bill S6453

Provides that the driver's license of a veteran of the armed forces of the United States shall have imprinted thereon "U.S. Veteran"

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  • 10 / Feb / 2012
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1105
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Provides that the driver's license of a veteran of the armed forces of the United States shall have imprinted thereon "U.S. Veteran".

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9452
Versions:
S6453
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502 & 504, V & T L

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BILL NUMBER:S6453

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing
for the designation of veterans on drivers' licenses

PURPOSE:
Provides that the driver's license of a veteran of the U.S. armed
forces shall have "U.S. Veteran" imprinted thereon.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 1 of section 502 of the
vehicle and traffic law (VAT) to allow a veteran of the armed forces,
upon submission of his or her DO Form 214, to apply for a notation as
a veteran on their driver's license.

Section 2 amends VAT § 504(1)(a) to provide that a driver's license
issued to a veteran of the U.S. armed forces who provides suitable
proof, shall have prominently imprinted upon it the statement "U.S.
Veteran."

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Several states have enacted or proposed laws to provide designation of
veteran status on drivers' licenses. To most Americans this is no big
deal, but for veterans, this makes a significant difference. Many
retailers offer military and/or veterans discounts but most require
some form of documentation. While active duty and retired military
personnel have 10 cards to prove their status, many veterans that have
been discharged from the military only have a Certificate of Release
or Discharge from Active Duty, commonly referred to as a 00214.
Having the special designation would allow veterans to easily prove
their status, freeing them from the necessity of carrying their
separation paperwork with them.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6453

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 10, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. JOHNSON, LANZA, LARKIN, LIBOUS, MAZIARZ, McDONALD,
  O'MARA, ZELDIN -- 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 providing
  for the designation of veterans on drivers' licenses

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.    Subdivision 1 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic
law, as amended by section 2 of part CC of chapter 58  of  the  laws  of
2011, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  Application  for license. Application for a driver's license shall
be made to the commissioner. The fee prescribed by law may be  submitted
with such application. The applicant shall furnish such proof of identi-
ty, age, and fitness as may be required by the commissioner. The commis-
sioner may also provide that the application procedure shall include the
taking  of  a  photo image or images of the applicant in accordance with
rules and regulations prescribed by the commissioner. In  addition,  the
commissioner  also  shall  require that the applicant provide his or her
social security number and provide space on the application so that  the
applicant  may  register  in  the  New York state organ and tissue donor
registry under section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law.
FURTHERMORE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROVIDE SPACE ON THE APPLICATION  SO
THAT  THE APPLICANT MAY, UPON SUBMISSION OF A COPY OF HIS OR HER DD FORM
214, APPLY FOR NOTATION ON SUCH APPLICANT'S LICENSE AS A VETERAN OF  THE
ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES.  In addition, an applicant for a
commercial driver's license who will operate a commercial motor  vehicle
in  interstate  commerce  shall  certify  that  such applicant meets the
requirements to operate a commercial motor  vehicle,  as  set  forth  in
public  law 99-570, title XII, and title 49 of the code of federal regu-
lations, and all regulations promulgated by the United States  secretary
of  transportation  under the hazardous materials transportation act. In
addition, an applicant for a commercial driver's license shall submit  a
medical  certificate  at such intervals as required by the federal motor
carrier safety improvement act of 1999 and Part 383.71(h) of title 49 of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13302-02-2

S. 6453                             2

the code of federal regulations relating to medical certification and in
a manner prescribed by the commissioner. For purposes  of  this  section
and  sections  five  hundred three and five hundred ten-a of this title,
the  term  "medical  certificate"  shall  mean  a  form substantially in
compliance with the form set forth in Part 391.43(h) of title 49 of  the
code  of  federal regulations. Upon a determination that the holder of a
commercial driver's license has made any false statement,  with  respect
to  the application for such license, the commissioner shall revoke such
license.
  S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 504 of the vehicle  and
traffic  law,  as separately amended by chapters 568 and 639 of the laws
of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Every license or renewal thereof shall  contain  a  distinguishing
mark  and  adequate  space  upon  which  an anatomical gift, pursuant to
section forty-three hundred ten of the public health law, by the  licen-
see shall be recorded and shall contain such other information and shall
be  issued  in  such form as the commissioner shall determine; provided,
however, every license or renewal thereof issued to a person  under  the
age  of  twenty-one  years  shall have prominently imprinted upon it the
statement "UNDER 21 YEARS  OF  AGE"  in  notably  distinctive  print  or
format;  PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT EVERY LICENSE OR RENEWAL THEREOF ISSUED
TO A PERSON WHO PROVIDES SUCH PROOF, AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DETERMINE
TO BE SUITABLE INCLUDING A DD FORM 214, THAT SUCH PERSON IS A VETERAN OF
THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL HAVE  PROMINENTLY  IMPRINTED
UPON  IT  THE STATEMENT "U.S. VETERAN"; provided further, however, every
license or renewal thereof issued to a person making an anatomical  gift
shall have prominently printed upon the front of such license or renewal
thereof  the  statement  "ORGAN  DONOR"  in notably distinctive print or
format. The commissioner shall not require fees for the issuance of such
licenses or renewals thereof to persons under twenty-one years of age or
to persons making an anatomical gift which are different from  the  fees
required  for  the  issuance  of licenses or renewals thereof to persons
twenty-one years of age or over or to persons not making  an  anatomical
gift.
  S 3.  This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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