senate Bill S710

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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S710 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง502 & 504, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1461

S710 - Bill Texts

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

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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are out of date, and may only minimally resemble the holder.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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   710

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01997-01-1

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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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