senate Bill S2226A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license

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May 21, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 19, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 14, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 13, 2014 1st report cal.649
Mar 19, 2014 print number 2226b
amend and recommit to transportation
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 20, 2013 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 22, 2013 amended on third reading 2226a
Apr 22, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 17, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 16, 2013 1st report cal.336
Jan 14, 2013 referred to transportation

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May 13, 2014 - Transportation committee Vote

S2226B
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committee
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Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
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Apr 16, 2013 - Transportation committee Vote

S2226
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committee
18
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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S2226 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1753B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502, 490 & 508, V & T L; amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6411B, A10750
2013-2014: S2226A

S2226 - Bill Texts

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Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

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BILL NUMBER:S2226

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the
executive law, in relation to enabling veterans to receive benefit
information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or
renewing a driver's license.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the
application for a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a
veteran of the military or naval service of the United States to
register to receive information from the division of veterans' affairs
by email or telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may
be entitled.

Section 502 of the VTL is amended to ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the application for the renewal of
a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a veteran of the
military or naval service of the United States to register to receive
information from the division of veterans' affairs by email or
telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be entitled.

Section 508 of the VTL is amended ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles appoints agents to collect, store and make available to the
division of veterans' affairs the name and contact information of a
veteran applicant who requests to receive benefit information from the
division of veteran affairs.

Section 353 of the executive law referencing the general functions,
powers and duties of the division of veteran affairs is amended to
include coordinating with the department of motor vehicles to retrieve
the name and veterans who are applying for or renewing their driver's
licenses and who request to be contacted by the division via email,
telephone, or mail.

Section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the
application for a non-driver identification card to enable any
applicant who is a veteran of the military or naval service of the
United States to register to receive information from the division of
veterans' affairs by email or telephone regarding benefits to which
such applicant may be entitled.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation would allow veterans to voluntarily identify their
veteran status when applying for or renewing their driver's license.
At no cost to taxpayers, Vets Connect utilizes the DMV as an intake
point to gather information on veterans not currently in the state
system. The department of motor vehicles collects, stores, and makes
this information available to the division of veteran affairs which
would provide information about the benefits to which they may be
entitled.


NYS Department of Motor Vehicles would work with the Division of
Veteran Affairs to share information to relay benefit updates for the
veterans. The information gathering would happen when veterans go to
apply for or renew their drivers license. By checking a box on the
application indicating they are a veteran of naval forces or military
they are also giving the department of motor vehicles permission to
share information with the division of veteran affairs and have
information distributed to him or her via email, telephone, and mail.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law; provided, however, that section two of this act shall
take effect October 3, 2013; and provided further that section three
of this act shall take effect October 3, 2016.

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

                                  2226

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   RIVERA,   LARKIN,   DIAZ,   DILAN,   GIANARIS,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY -- 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 and the executive law, in
  relation to enabling veterans  to  receive  benefit  information  upon
  applying for or renewing a driver's license

  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  1 of part D of chapter 58 of the laws of
2012, 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.
IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE
APPLICATION TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO HAS SERVED IN THE  ARMED  FORCES
OF  THE  UNITED  STATES FOR ANY DURATION OF TIME, TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE
INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE
REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT  THE
FOLLOWING  IS  STATED  ON  THE  APPLICATION:  "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU
GIVE PERMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE  YOUR  NAME
AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05515-03-3

S. 2226                             2

THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL  REGARDING  BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". In addition, an
applicant for a commercial driver's license who will operate  a  commer-
cial motor vehicle in interstate commerce shall certify that such appli-
cant  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  regulations,  and  all  regulations  promulgated  by the United
States secretary of transportation under the hazardous materials  trans-
portation  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 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, five
hundred ten-a, and five hundred ten-aa of this title, the terms "medical
certificate" and "medical certification" 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. Subdivision 1 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic  law,  as
separately  amended  by  chapters  465  and  487 of the laws of 2012, is
REPEALED and a new subdivision 1 is added 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
COMMISSIONER  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, AND SPACE TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO HAS  SERVED  IN
THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES FOR ANY DURATION OF TIME, TO
REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF  VETERANS'  AFFAIRS
BY  EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE
ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECK-
ING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES  AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHI-
CLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION  WITH  THE  DIVISION  OF
VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT
YOU  VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE
ENTITLED". 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 COMMER-
CIAL MOTOR VEHICLE, AS SET FORTH IN PUBLIC LAW 99-570,  TITLE  XII,  AND
TITLE 49 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, AND ALL REGULATIONS PROMUL-
GATED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION UNDER THE HAZARD-
OUS  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 THE CODE OF FEDERAL  REGU-
LATIONS  RELATING TO MEDICAL CERTIFICATION AND IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY

S. 2226                             3

THE COMMISSIONER.   FOR PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION  AND  SECTIONS  FIVE
HUNDRED  THREE,  FIVE  HUNDRED  TEN-A,  AND  FIVE HUNDRED TEN-AA OF THIS
TITLE, THE TERMS "MEDICAL CERTIFICATE" AND "MEDICAL CERTIFICATION" 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  DETER-
MINATION  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  3.  Subdivision 1 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
added by section two of this act, 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
commissioner  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, [and space to enable any applicant who has served  in
the  armed  forces  of  the  United  States for any duration of time, to
register to receive information from the division of  veterans'  affairs
by  email or telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be
entitled and that the following is stated on the application: "By check-
ing this box, you certify that you served in the  armed  forces  of  the
United  States  and you give permission to the department of motor vehi-
cles to share your name and contact information  with  the  division  of
veterans' affairs to enable the division of veterans' affairs to contact
you  via email, telephone or mail regarding benefits to which you may be
entitled"] AND SPACE SO THAT THE APPLICANT MAY REQUEST A  NOTATION  UPON
SUCH  LICENSE  THAT  HE  OR  SHE IS A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED
FORCES.  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 commer-
cial motor vehicle, as set forth in public law 99-570,  title  XII,  and
title 49 of the code of federal regulations, and all regulations promul-
gated by the United States secretary of transportation under the hazard-
ous  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 the code of federal  regu-
lations  relating to medical certification and in a manner prescribed by
the commissioner.   For purposes  of  this  section  and  sections  five
hundred  three,  five  hundred  ten-a,  and  five hundred ten-aa of this
title, the terms "medical certificate" and "medical certification" 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 deter-
mination 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 4. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehicle  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:

S. 2226                             4

  (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.  IN ADDITION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION FOR
RENEWAL TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO HAS SERVED IN THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF
THE  UNITED  STATES TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION
OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS  TO  WHICH
SUCH  APPLICANT  MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON THE
APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX,  YOU  CERTIFY  THAT  YOU
SERVED  IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES  TO  SHARE  YOUR  NAME  AND  CONTACT
INFORMATION  WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVI-
SION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL,  TELEPHONE  OR  MAIL
REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". In addition, an appli-
cant  for  renewal of a license containing a hazardous material endorse-
ment shall pass an examination to retain such endorsement.  The  commis-
sioner  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 regu-
lations. 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 commis-
sioner 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 5. Subdivision 3 of section 490 of the vehicle and  traffic  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D)  IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED
ON THE APPLICATION AND THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL TO ENABLE ANY  APPLI-
CANT WHO HAS SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES TO REGISTER
TO  RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL,
TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO  WHICH  SUCH  APPLICANT  MAY  BE
ENTITLED  AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON THE APPLICATION AND APPLI-
CATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT  YOU  SERVED
IN  THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".
  S 6. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT AGENTS TO ACT ON HIS OR  HER  BEHALF
TO  COLLECT,  STORE  AND  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS'
AFFAIRS THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF AN APPLICANT WHO  SERVED  IN
THE  ARMED  FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ANY DURATION OF TIME AND WHO
REQUESTS TO RECEIVE BENEFIT INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX
OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S 7. Section 353 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 21 to read as follows:

S. 2226                             5

  21.  TO  COORDINATE  WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES PURSUANT TO
SUBDIVISION ONE OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF  SUBDIVISION  SIX  OF  SECTION  FIVE
HUNDRED  TWO OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW TO RETRIEVE NAME AND CONTACT
INFORMATION OF APPLICANTS WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF  THE  UNITED
STATES  FOR  ANY DURATION OF TIME WHO ARE APPLYING FOR OR RENEWING THEIR
DRIVER'S LICENSES AND WHO REQUEST TO BE CONTACTED BY  THE  DIVISION  VIA
EMAIL,  TELEPHONE  OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY BE ENTI-
TLED.
  S 8. Subdivision 3 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  458  of  the  laws  of 2011, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. Application for learner's permit. An application  for  a  learner's
permit  shall be included in the application for a license.  THE COMMIS-
SIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO  ENABLE
ANY  APPLICANT  WHO  HAS SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR ANY DURATION OF TIME, TO REGISTER OR RECEIVE  INFORMATION  FROM  THE
DIVISION  OF  VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS
TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED
ON THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT  YOU  SERVED
IN  THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". A learner's permit shall  be  issued
in such form as the commissioner shall determine but shall not be issued
unless the applicant has successfully passed the vision test required by
this section and the test set forth in paragraph (a) of subdivision four
of  this section with respect to laws relating to traffic and ability to
read and comprehend traffic signs and  symbols  and  has  satisfactorily
completed  any  course required pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision
four of this section. Upon acceptance of an application for a  learner's
permit  the  commissioner  shall  provide  the applicant with a driver's
manual which includes but is not limited to the laws relating  to  traf-
fic,  the  laws  relating  to and physiological effects of driving while
ability impaired and driving while intoxicated, the law  for  exercising
due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing author-
ized emergency vehicle or hazard  vehicle  pursuant  to  section  eleven
hundred  forty-four-a of this chapter, explanations of traffic signs and
symbols and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe.
  S 9. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law; provided, however, that section two of this act shall
take  effect October 3, 2013; and provided further that section three of
this act shall take effect October 3, 2016.

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S2226A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1753B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502, 490 & 508, V & T L; amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6411B, A10750
2013-2014: S2226A

S2226A - Bill Texts

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Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

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BILL NUMBER:S2226A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the
executive law, in relation to enabling veterans to receive benefit
information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or
renewing a driver's license.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the
application for a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a
veteran of the military or naval service of the United States to
register to receive information from the division of veterans' affairs
by email or telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may
be entitled.

Section 502 of the VTL is amended to ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the application for the renewal of
a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a veteran of the
military or naval service of the United States to register to receive
information from the division of veterans' affairs by email or
telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be entitled.

Section 508 of the VTL is amended ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles appoints agents to collect, store and make available to the
division of veterans' affairs the name and contact information of a
veteran applicant who requests to receive benefit information from the
division of veteran affairs.

Section 353 of the executive law referencing the general functions,
powers and duties of the division of veteran affairs is amended to
include coordinating with the department of motor vehicles to retrieve
the name and veterans who are applying for or renewing their driver's
licenses and who request to be contacted by the division via email,
telephone, or mail.

Section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the
application for a non-driver identification card to enable any
applicant who is a veteran of the military or naval service of the
United States to register to receive information from the division of
veterans' affairs by email or telephone regarding benefits to which
such applicant may be entitled.

JUSTIFICATION:
This legislation would allow veterans to voluntarily identify their
veteran status when applying for or renewing their driver's license.
At no cost to taxpayers, Vets Connect utilizes the DMV as an intake
point to gather information on veterans not currently in the state
system. The department of motor vehicles collects, stores, and makes
this information available to the division of veteran affairs which
would provide information about the benefits to which they may be
entitled.


NYS Department of Motor Vehicles would work with the Division of
Veteran Affairs to share information to relay benefit updates for the
veterans. The information gathering would happen when veterans go to
apply for or renew their drivers license. By checking a box on the
application indicating they are a veteran of naval forces or military
they are also giving the department of motor vehicles permission to
share information with the division of veteran affairs and have
information distributed to him or her via email, telephone, and mail.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect one day after it shall have become a law.
Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions necessary to
implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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

                                 2226--A
    Cal. No. 336

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced   by   Sens.   RIVERA,   LARKIN,   DIAZ,   DILAN,   GIANARIS,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the  executive  law,  in
  relation  to  enabling  veterans  to  receive benefit information upon
  applying for or renewing a driver's license

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

  Section  1.  Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, is amended by
adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR VETERANS.  IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR LICENSE APPLICATIONS UNDER SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO
ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE  UNITED
STATES  AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM
UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS, TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM  THE
DIVISION  OF  VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS
TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED
ON THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT  YOU  SERVED
IN  THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE
A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05515-08-3

S. 2226--A                          2

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.
  S  2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehicle 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.  IN ADDITION, THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION  FOR
RENEWAL  TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE  OR  WAS  RELEASED
THEREFROM  UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION
FROM THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR  TELEPHONE  REGARDING
BENEFITS  TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING
IS STATED ON THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY  CHECKING  THIS  BOX,  YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU
GIVE  PERMISSION  TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME
AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE
THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". In  addition,  an
applicant  for  renewal  of  a  license  containing a hazardous 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  regu-
lations.  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  commis-
sioner  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  3.  Subdivision  3 of section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D) IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS  PROVIDED
ON  THE APPLICATION AND THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL TO ENABLE ANY APPLI-
CANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES  AND
RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER HONOR-
ABLE CONDITIONS TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION  OF
VETERANS'  AFFAIRS  BY  EMAIL,  TELEPHONE  OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON
THE APPLICATION AND APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX,  YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU
GIVE  PERMISSION  TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME
AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE
THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".
  S 4. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:

S. 2226--A                          3

  6. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT AGENTS TO ACT ON HIS OR  HER  BEHALF
TO  COLLECT,  STORE  AND  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS'
AFFAIRS THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION, WHICH INCLUDE  EMAIL  ADDRESS,
TELEPHONE  NUMBER  AND/OR  MAILING  ADDRESS,  OF  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  AND
WHO  REQUESTS TO RECEIVE BENEFIT INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE-A OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF  SUBDIVI-
SION SIX OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  5.  Section  353  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 21 to read as follows:
  21. TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHICLES  PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION  ONE-A  OR  PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE
HUNDRED TWO OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW TO RETRIEVE NAME AND  CONTACT
INFORMATION  OF  APPLICANTS  WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE
UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THERE-
FROM UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR OR  RENEWING  THEIR
DRIVER'S  LICENSES  AND  WHO REQUEST TO BE CONTACTED BY THE DIVISION VIA
EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY  BE  ENTI-
TLED.
  S  6.  Subdivision 3 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
amended by chapter 458 of the laws  of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  Application  for  learner's permit. An application for a learner's
permit shall be included in the application for a license.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO ENABLE
ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED  STATES
AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE  DISCHARGE  OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER
HONORABLE CONDITIONS, TO REGISTER OR RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE  DIVI-
SION  OF  VETERANS'  AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON
THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT YOU  SERVED  IN
THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE
A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY
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. A learner's permit shall be issued in such form as
the commissioner shall determine but shall  not  be  issued  unless  the
applicant  has  successfully  passed  the  vision  test required by this
section and the test set forth in paragraph (a) of subdivision  four  of
this  section  with  respect  to laws relating to traffic and ability to
read and comprehend traffic signs and  symbols  and  has  satisfactorily
completed  any  course required pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision
four of this section. Upon acceptance of an application for a  learner's
permit  the  commissioner  shall  provide  the applicant with a driver's
manual which includes but is not limited to the laws relating  to  traf-
fic,  the  laws  relating  to and physiological effects of driving while
ability impaired and driving while intoxicated, the law  for  exercising
due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing author-

S. 2226--A                          4

ized emergency vehicle or hazard  vehicle  pursuant  to  section  eleven
hundred  forty-four-a of this chapter, explanations of traffic signs and
symbols and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe.
  S  7. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
law. Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions necessary
to implement the provisions of  this  act  on  its  effective  date  are
authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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S2226B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1753B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§502, 490 & 508, V & T L; amd §353, Exec L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S6411B, A10750
2013-2014: S2226A

S2226B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Enables veterans to receive benefit information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

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BILL NUMBER:S2226B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the
executive law, in relation to enabling veterans to receive benefit
information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Enables veterans to receive benefit
information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the applica-
tion for a driver's license to enable any applicant who is a veteran of
the military or naval service of the United States to register to
receive information from the division of veterans' affairs by email or
telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be entitled.

Section 502 of the VTL is amended to ensure the Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the application for the renewal of a
driver's license to enable any applicant who is a veteran of the mili-
tary or naval service of the United States to register to receive infor-
mation from the division of veterans' affairs by email or telephone
regarding benefits to which such applicant may be entitled.

Section 508 of the VTL is amended ensure the Commissioner of Motor Vehi-
cles appoints agents to collect, store and make available to the divi-
sion of veterans' affairs the name and contact information of a veteran
applicant who requests to receive benefit information from the division
of veteran affairs.

Section 353 of the executive law referencing the general functions,
powers and duties of the division of veteran affairs is amended to
include coordinating with the department of motor vehicles to retrieve
the name and veterans who are applying for or renewing their driver's
licenses and who request to be contacted by the division via email,
telephone, or mail.

Section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended to ensure the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of NYS provides a space on the applica-
tion for a non-driver identification card to enable any applicant who is
a veteran of the military or naval service of the United States to
register to receive information from the division of veterans' affairs
by email or telephone regarding benefits to which such applicant may be
entitled.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would allow veterans to voluntarily
identify their veteran status when applying for or renewing their driv-
er's license. At no cost to taxpayers, Vets Connect utilizes the DMV as
an intake point to gather information on veterans not currently in the
state system. The department of motor vehicles collects, stores, and
makes this information available to the division of veteran affairs

which would provide information about the benefits to which they may be
entitled.

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles would work with the Division of Veteran
Affairs to share information to relay benefit updates for the veterans.
The information gathering would happen when veterans go to apply for or
renew their drivers license. By checking a box on the application indi-
cating they are a veteran of naval forces or military they are also
giving the department of motor vehicles permission to share information
with the division of veteran affairs and have information distributed to
him or her via email, telephone, and mail.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after it shall have
become a law. Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions
necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date
are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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

                                 2226--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  RIVERA,  LARKIN,  DIAZ,  DILAN, GIANARIS, GIPSON,
  HASSELL-THOMPSON, KENNEDY, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading  --  recommitted  to
  the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.
  8  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended
  and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the  executive  law,  in
  relation  to  enabling  veterans  to  receive benefit information upon
  applying for or renewing a driver's license

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

  Section  1.  Section  502 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows:
  1-A. SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR VETERANS.  IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR LICENSE APPLICATIONS UNDER SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO
ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE  UNITED
STATES  AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM
UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS, TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM  THE
DIVISION  OF  VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS
TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED
ON THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT  YOU  SERVED
IN  THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05515-10-4

S. 2226--B                          2

A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY
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.
  S  2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehicle 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.  IN ADDITION, THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION  FOR
RENEWAL  TO ENABLE ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE  OR  WAS  RELEASED
THEREFROM  UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION
FROM THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR  TELEPHONE  REGARDING
BENEFITS  TO WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING
IS STATED ON THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY  CHECKING  THIS  BOX,  YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU
GIVE  PERMISSION  TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME
AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE
THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED". In  addition,  an
applicant  for  renewal  of  a  license  containing a hazardous 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  regu-
lations.  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  commis-
sioner  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  3.  Subdivision  3 of section 490 of the vehicle and traffic law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D) IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS  PROVIDED
ON  THE APPLICATION AND THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL TO ENABLE ANY APPLI-
CANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES  AND
RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER HONOR-
ABLE CONDITIONS TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION  OF
VETERANS'  AFFAIRS  BY  EMAIL,  TELEPHONE  OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON
THE APPLICATION AND APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX,  YOU
CERTIFY THAT YOU SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES AND YOU
GIVE  PERMISSION  TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME
AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE
THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR
MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".

S. 2226--B                          3

  S 4. Section 508 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6.  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT AGENTS TO ACT ON HIS OR HER BEHALF
TO COLLECT, STORE AND  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  THE  DIVISION  OF  VETERANS'
AFFAIRS  THE  NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION, WHICH INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS,
TELEPHONE NUMBER AND/OR MAILING ADDRESS,  OF  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  AND
WHO  REQUESTS TO RECEIVE BENEFIT INFORMATION FROM THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE-A OR PARAGRAPH (A) OF  SUBDIVI-
SION SIX OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  5.  Section  353  of  the  executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 22 to read as follows:
  22. TO COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR  VEHICLES  PURSUANT  TO
SUBDIVISION  ONE-A  OR  PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE
HUNDRED TWO OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW TO RETRIEVE NAME AND  CONTACT
INFORMATION  OF  APPLICANTS  WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE
UNITED STATES AND RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR WAS RELEASED THERE-
FROM UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR OR  RENEWING  THEIR
DRIVER'S  LICENSES  AND  WHO REQUEST TO BE CONTACTED BY THE DIVISION VIA
EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY MAY  BE  ENTI-
TLED.
  S  6.  Subdivision 3 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as
amended by chapter 458 of the laws  of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  Application  for  learner's permit. An application for a learner's
permit shall be included in the application for a license.  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER  SHALL ENSURE THAT SPACE IS PROVIDED ON THE APPLICATION TO ENABLE
ANY APPLICANT WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED  STATES
AND  RECEIVED  AN  HONORABLE  DISCHARGE  OR WAS RELEASED THEREFROM UNDER
HONORABLE CONDITIONS, TO REGISTER OR RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM THE  DIVI-
SION  OF  VETERANS'  AFFAIRS BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE REGARDING BENEFITS TO
WHICH SUCH APPLICANT MAY BE ENTITLED AND THAT THE FOLLOWING IS STATED ON
THE APPLICATION: "BY CHECKING THIS BOX, YOU CERTIFY THAT YOU  SERVED  IN
THE  ARMED  FORCES  OF  THE UNITED STATES AND YOU GIVE PERMISSION TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT  INFORMATION
WITH  THE DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO ENABLE THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTACT YOU VIA EMAIL, TELEPHONE OR MAIL REGARDING BENE-
FITS TO WHICH YOU MAY BE ENTITLED".  PROOF OF VETERAN  STATUS  SHALL  BE
DEMONSTRATED  IN THE SAME MANNER REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO RECEIVE
A VETERAN NOTATION PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF
SECTION  FOUR  HUNDRED  NINETY  OF  THIS  CHAPTER AND PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH  MAY
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. A learner's permit shall be issued in such form as
the commissioner shall determine but shall  not  be  issued  unless  the
applicant  has  successfully  passed  the  vision  test required by this
section and the test set forth in paragraph (a) of subdivision  four  of
this  section  with  respect  to laws relating to traffic and ability to
read and comprehend traffic signs and  symbols  and  has  satisfactorily
completed  any  course required pursuant to paragraph (a) of subdivision
four of this section. Upon acceptance of an application for a  learner's
permit  the  commissioner  shall  provide  the applicant with a driver's
manual which includes but is not limited to the laws relating  to  traf-
fic,  the  laws  relating  to and physiological effects of driving while

S. 2226--B                          4

ability impaired and driving while intoxicated, the law  for  exercising
due  care  to avoid colliding with a parked, stopped or standing author-
ized emergency vehicle or hazard  vehicle  pursuant  to  section  eleven
hundred  forty-four-a of this chapter, explanations of traffic signs and
symbols and such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe.
  S 7. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become  a
law. Provided, however, that effective immediately any actions necessary
to  implement  the  provisions  of  this  act  on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.

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