senate Bill S5953

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Eliminates the photo image fee for veterans who have their license amended with a veteran notation

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Oct 11, 2013 referred to rules

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S5953 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8599
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง491 & 503, V & T L

S5953 - Bill Texts

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Eliminates the photo image fee for veterans who have their license or identification cards amended with a veteran notation.

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BILL NUMBER:S5953

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to eliminating the photo image fee for veterans who have
their license amended with a veteran notation

PURPOSE:

To remove the fee being charged to veterans who order a replacement
identification card with the veteran designation.

SUMMARY:

Section 491 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law is amended to eliminate the
renewal fee for veterans

JUSTIFICATION:

Under a newly enacted Chapter 487 of 2012, men and women who have
served in the armed forces are eligible for a special drivers license
that indicates their veteran status. There is no additional fee for
those who want to receive the special designation when their license
is up for its usual renewal. However, for those who want to obtain the
new special license before their old license expires, DMV has
announced it will charge the individual $12.50.

The intent of the original legislation calling for a veteran
designation on state identification cards was in recognition of the
great sacrifice nearly one million of New York's men and women; not
for the State to collect an extra fee from those who have given so
much.

This bill would waive the fee for New York's men and women who chose
to serve their country and who now want to obtain a new license with
the veterans designation before their current license expires.
HISTORY:

New bill

FISCAL IMPACT:

To be determined

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5953

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 11, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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  eliminating
  the photo image fee for veterans who have their license amended with a
  veteran notation

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 2 of section 491 of the  vehi-
cle  and  traffic  law,  as added by chapter 295 of the laws of 1983, is
amended to read as follows:
  (d) There shall be no fee other than a fee prescribed in paragraph (c)
of this subdivision for an amended identification card. THERE  SHALL  BE
NO  FEE,  INCLUDING THE FEE PRESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH (C) OF THIS SUBDIVI-
SION, FOR AN AMENDED IDENTIFICATION CARD FOR AN  AMENDMENT  THAT  SOLELY
ADDS  A  VETERAN  NOTATION  UPON  SUCH IDENTIFICATION CARD THAT THE CARD
HOLDER IS A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES PURSUANT TO  PARA-
GRAPH  (B)  OF  SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED NINETY OF THIS
ARTICLE.
  S 2. Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (d) of subdivision  2  of  section
503 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 55 of the laws
of 1992, is amended to read as follows:
  (ii)  If a knowledge test or [test] TESTS are required to be passed to
secure an amended learner's permit or license, the fees  for  taking  of
such  test or tests specified in paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall
be paid. However, if an amendment is  to  add  only  an  endorsement  or
endorsements  which  require  only  the  passing  of a knowledge test or
tests, a fee of five dollars shall be paid. If a road test or tests  are
required  to be passed to secure an amended license, the fees for taking
such test or tests specified in paragraph (b) of this subdivision  shall
be  paid.  If no knowledge or road test is required to secure an amended
license, the fee  required  for  such  amended  license  shall  be  five

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11938-01-3

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dollars.  In  addition,  if  the fee for the amended learner's permit or
license is greater than the fee for  the  learner's  permit  or  license
being  amended, the difference in fee shall be paid. If the amendment is
only to correct or update a driver's record, no fee other than the photo
image  fee  shall  be  required.  NO FEE, INCLUDING THE PHOTO IMAGE FEE,
SHALL BE CHARGED FOR AN AMENDMENT WHICH SOLELY ADDS A  VETERAN  NOTATION
UPON  SUCH  LICENSE  THAT  THE  DRIVER IS A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES
ARMED FORCES PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A-1) OF SUBDIVISION ONE  OF  SECTION
FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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