senate Bill S5961

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Eliminates certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses

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Jun 16, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1394
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 20, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Oct 21, 2013 referred to rules

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S5961 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8254
Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง504 & 490, V & T L

S5961 - Bill Texts

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Eliminates certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses.

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BILL NUMBER:S5961

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to eliminating certain fees for veterans who request the
addition of a veteran notation to valid licenses and identification
cards

PURPOSE: To eliminate the fee that veterans are currently paying in
situations where a veteran notation is added to an existing license or
ID while it is still valid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends subdivision (a-1) of section 504 of the Vehicle and
Traffic Law to add that the commissioner shall not require a fee for
the addition of a veteran notation to a valid existing license which
is not being renewed at the time the addition of the veteran notation
is requested.

Section 2 amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 490 of the
Vehicle and Traffic Law to add that the commissioner shall not require
a fee for the addition of a veteran notation to a valid existing
identification card which is not being renewed at the time the
addition of the veteran notation is requested.

Section 3 provides that this act shall take effect immediately

EXISTING LAW: Current law provides that the commissioner shall not
require fees for the issuance of such licenses or renewals to persons
requesting a veteran notation which is different from fees otherwise
required.

JUSTIFICATION: Effective October 3, 2013, any person who was a member
of the armed forces and was honorably discharged can opt to have their
veteran status displayed on their license and non driver ID card.
Though veterans are still charged the normal fee for new and renewal
licenses and IDs, they are not being charged a separate fee for the
notation itself on a new photo document or on a renewal. However, when
a veteran goes to have his/her license or ID amended to have the
veteran designation on it, in which case it isn't a new id or a
renewal, they are being charged $12.50. At least 35 counties in New
York State already issue Veteran FAVOR ID cards free of charge in the
very same DMV offices that must charge $12.50 for veteran notation on
their valid licenses and non driver IDs. The Veterans FAVOR program
honors our veterans by issuing free photo ID cards with veteran status
displayed that they can use to obtain discounts from participating
stores and service companies. NYS should follow the example of over
half of its counties and also honor our veterans by allowing them to
proudly display their status without charging them for the privilege.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5961

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 21, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- 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
  certain fees for veterans who request the addition of a veteran  nota-
  tion to valid licenses and identification cards

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

  Section 1. 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 which is different from fees otherwise required.    THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE A FEE FOR THE ADDITION OF A VETERAN NOTA-
TION  TO A VALID EXISTING LICENSE WHICH IS NOT BEING RENEWED AT THE TIME
THE ADDITION OF THE VETERAN NOTATION IS REQUESTED.
  S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 490 of the vehicle  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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11957-02-3

S. 5961                             2

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 to
persons requesting a veteran notation which are different from fees that
would otherwise be required.  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT REQUIRE  A  FEE
FOR  THE  ADDITION OF A VETERAN NOTATION TO A VALID EXISTING IDENTIFICA-
TION CARD WHICH IS NOT BEING RENEWED AT THE TIME  THE  ADDITION  OF  THE
VETERAN NOTATION IS REQUESTED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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