senate Bill S5955A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

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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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 07, 2014 signed chap.429
delivered to governor
Jun 16, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1393
substituted for s5955a
Jun 16, 2014 substituted by a8231a
ordered to third reading cal.1393
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 14, 2014 print number 5955a
amend (t) and recommit to finance
May 13, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Oct 16, 2013 referred to rules

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Jun 16, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S5955A
23
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committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
2
Excused
0
Abstained
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May 13, 2014 - Transportation committee Vote

S5955
17
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committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

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S5955 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8231A
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§490 & 504, V & T L

S5955 - Bill Texts

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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 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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S5955A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8231A
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§490 & 504, V & T L

S5955A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S5955A

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
distinguishing mark on a non-driver identification card or a driver's
license

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the imposition of addi-
tional fees for the issuance of a duplicate or amended driver's license
or non-driver identification card with a veteran's notation.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends paragraph (b) of subdi-
vision 3 of §490 and paragraph (a-1) of subdivision 1 of §504 of the
Vehicle and Traffic Law to prohibit the imposition of any fees for the
duplication or amendment of a nondriver identification (NDID) card or
driver's license prior to renewal, if the duplication or amendment is
solely for the purpose of adding a veteran distinguishing mark to the
card or license.

JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 487 of 2012 directs the DMV to make the veter-
an's status available to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces
who were honorably discharged or were released under honorable condi-
tions who apply for the designation on a DMV-issued NDID card or driv-
er's license. Currently, veterans would need to pay a $12.50 photo fee
to make the change prior to the date of renewal. This bill would waive
the state photo fee of $12.50 for veterans for the option of amending
their New York State driver license, permit, or non-driver identifica-
tion card, prior to the date of renewal, to indicate their status as a
veteran.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: Referred to Assembly Transportation
Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Limited.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect thirty days after it shall
have become a law.

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

                                 5955--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. BALL, ADDABBO, AVELLA, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, DeFRANCIS-
  CO,  FELDER,  GALLIVAN,  GOLDEN,  HANNON,  LARKIN,  LIBOUS, MARCHIONE,
  MAZIARZ, NOZZOLIO, O'MARA, RITCHIE,  ROBACH,  SAVINO,  SEWARD,  SMITH,
  VALESKY  --  read  twice  and  ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Rules -- recommitted to the Committee on
  Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec.  8  --  reported
  favorably  from  said  committee  and  committed  to  the Committee on
  Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting
  the imposition of any additional fee for  a  veteran's  distinguishing
  mark 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11929-06-4

S. 5955--A                          2

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 to
persons requesting a veteran [notation] DISTINGUISHING  MARK  which  are
different from fees that would otherwise be required. PROVIDED, HOWEVER,
THAT  NOTWITHSTANDING  THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED NINETY-ONE
OF THIS ARTICLE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE  ANY  FEES  FOR  THE
DUPLICATION  OR AMENDMENT OF AN IDENTIFICATION CARD PRIOR TO ITS RENEWAL
IF SUCH DUPLICATION OR AMENDMENT WAS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDING  A
VETERAN DISTINGUISHING MARK TO SUCH IDENTIFICATION CARD.
  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 for the
issuance of such licenses or renewals thereof to  persons  requesting  a
veteran  [notation]  DISTINGUISHING  MARK  which [is] ARE different from
fees otherwise required; PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  NOTWITHSTANDING  THE
PROVISIONS  OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE FEES FOR
A DUPLICATION OR AMENDMENT OF A LICENSE PRIOR TO  ITS  RENEWAL  IF  SUCH
DUPLICATION  OR AMENDMENT WAS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDING A VETERAN
DISTINGUISHING MARK TO SUCH LICENSE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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