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AB-363 Driver’s licenses: veteran designation.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/08/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  April 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 363


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Frazier)

February 08, 2017


An act to amend Section 14901.1 of the Vehicle Code, relating to driver’s licenses.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 363, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Driver’s licenses: veteran designation.
Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license to an applicant when the department determines that the applicant is lawfully entitled to a license. Existing law allows an in-person applicant for a driver’s license or identification card to request the word “VETERAN” be printed on the face of the driver’s license or identification card, subject to certain requirements, including, among others, verification of veteran status, as specified, and payment of a $5 fee, which the department is authorized to increase by regulation, in an amount not to exceed $15, as specified.
This bill would prohibit a fee from being charged for the above-described request if made by (1) a person who has been determined to have a current income level that meets the eligibility requirements for specified assistance programs or (2) a person who can verify his or her status as a homeless person, as defined. The bill would authorize a homeless services provider, as defined, that has knowledge of the person’s housing status to verify the person’s status for purposes of this provision. The bill would require the determination of eligibility of these persons to be subject to regulations adopted by the department, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14901.1 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

14901.1.
 (a) In addition to the fees required by Section 14900, 14900.1, or 14902, and except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), the department shall charge a one-time fee of five dollars ($5) to any person who requests, pursuant to paragraph (5) of subdivision (c) of Section 12811, that the person’s driver’s license or identification card be printed with the word “VETERAN” to indicate that the person has served in the United States Armed Forces. The department may increase the fee by regulation, in an amount not to exceed fifteen dollars ($15), to reimburse the department for its reasonable costs in processing and issuing a request for a license or card issued pursuant to paragraph (5) of subdivision (c) of Section 12811.
(b) A fee shall not be charged for a request made pursuant to paragraph (5) of subdivision (c) of Section 12811 by either of the following persons:
(1) A person who has been determined to have a current income level that meets the eligibility requirements for assistance programs under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11200) or Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000) of Part 3 of, or Part 5 (commencing with Section 17000) of, or Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) or Chapter 10.1 (commencing with Section 18930) or Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 18937) of Part 6 of, Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The determination of eligibility under this paragraph shall be made by a governmental or nonprofit entity, which shall be subject to regulations adopted by the department.
(2) A person who can verify his or her status as a homeless person. A homeless services provider that has knowledge of the person’s housing status may verify the person’s status for purposes of this paragraph. A determination of eligibility pursuant to this paragraph shall be subject to regulations adopted by the department. A person making a request under this paragraph shall not be charged a fee for verification of his or her eligibility.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) A “homeless person” has the same meaning as the definition set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301 et seq.).
(2) A “homeless services provider” includes:
(A) A governmental or nonprofit agency receiving federal, state, or county or municipal funding to provide services to a “homeless person” or that is otherwise sanctioned to provide those services by a local homeless continuum of care organization.
(B) An attorney licensed to practice law in this state.
(C) A law enforcement officer designated as a liaison to the homeless population by a local police department or sheriff’s department within the state.
(D) Any other homeless services provider that is qualified to verify an individual’s housing status, as determined by the department.

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