senate Bill S5955

Amended

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

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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 16 / Oct / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 5955A
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1393
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8231A

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5955
S5955A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง490 & 504, V & T L

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Sponsor 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.

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

                                  5955

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11929-01-3

S. 5955                             2

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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