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SB-629 Identification cards.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 3007.05 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

3007.05.
 (a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Motor Vehicles shall ensure that all eligible inmates released from state prisons have valid identification cards, an eligible inmate, as defined under subdivision (b), released from a state prison has a valid identification card,  issued pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 13000) of Chapter 1 of Division 6 of the Vehicle Code.
(b) For purposes of this section, “eligible inmate” means an inmate who is applying for an original or replacement identification card and  meets all of the following requirements: requirements described under subdivision (c) or (d). 
(c)  (1) The inmate has previously held a California driver’s license or identification card.
(2) (A)  The inmate has a usable photo on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles that is not more than 10 years old. Vehicles. 
(B) If the photo is deemed unusable, the inmate shall have a new photo taken.
(3) The inmate has no outstanding fees due for a prior California identification card.
(4) The inmate has provided, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has verified, all of the following information:
(A) The inmate’s true full name.
(B) The inmate’s date of birth.
(C) The inmate’s social security number.
(D) The inmate’s legal presence in the United States.
(E) California residency.
(d) (1) The inmate has not previously held a California driver’s license or identification card.
(2) The inmate has signed and verified their application for an identification card under the penalty of perjury.
(3) The inmate has a usable photo taken.
(4) The inmate has provided a legible print of their thumb or finger.
(5) The inmate has provided acceptable proof of the information described under subparagraphs (A) to (E), inclusive, of paragraph (4) of subdivision (c), and that information is subject to verification by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
(e) The fee for an original or replacement identification card issued to an eligible inmate pursuant to this section shall be consistent with the fee set forth under subdivision (h) of Section 14902 of the Vehicle Code.
(c) (f)  The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall assist a person who is exonerated as to a conviction for which the person is serving a state prison sentence at the time of exoneration with all of the following:
(1) Transitional services, including housing assistance, job training, and mental health services, as applicable. The services shall be offered within the first week of an individual’s exoneration and again within the first 30 days of exoneration. Services shall be provided for a period of not less than six months and not more than one year from the date of release unless the exonerated person qualifies for services beyond one year under existing law.
(2) Enrollment in the Medi-Cal program established pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(3) (A) Enrollment in the CalFresh program established pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 18900) of Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(B) Exonerated persons who are ineligible for CalFresh benefits pursuant to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program limitation specified in Section 2015(o) of Title 7 of the United States Code shall be given priority for receipt of the 15-percent exemption specified in Section 2015(o)(6) of Title 7 of the United States Code. The State Department of Social Services shall issue guidance to counties regarding that requirement.
(4) Referral to the Employment Development Department and applicable regional planning units for workforce services.
(5) Enrollment in the federal supplemental security income benefits program pursuant to Title XVI of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1381 et seq.) and state supplemental program pursuant to Title XVI of the federal Social Security Act and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(d) (g)  (1) In addition to any other payment to which the person is entitled to by law, a person who is exonerated shall be paid the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) upon release, from funds to be made available upon appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose.
(2) In addition to any other payment to which the person is entitled to by law, a person who is exonerated shall be paid the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000) upon release, to be used for housing, including, but not limited to, hotel costs, mortgage expenses, a down payment, security deposit, or any payment necessary to secure and maintain rental housing or other housing accommodations. The exonerated person shall also be entitled to receive direct payment or reimbursement for reasonable housing costs for a period of not more than four years following release from custody. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall disburse payments or reimbursements pursuant to this paragraph from funds to be made available upon appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose.
(3) As used in paragraph (2), the term “reasonable housing costs” means all the following:
(A) For hotel costs, the cost of lodging, not to exceed 25 percent above the federal General Services Administration’s per diem lodging reimbursement rate.
(B) For payments necessary to secure and maintain rental housing, both of the following:
(i) The actual cost of any security deposits necessary to secure a rental housing unit.
(ii) The cost of rent, not to exceed 25 percent above the fair market value as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(C) For mortgage expenses, the cost of mortgage payments, not to exceed 25 percent above the Federal Housing Administration’s area loan limits.
(e) (h)  For the purposes of this section, “exonerated” means the person has been convicted and subsequently one of the following occurred:
(1) A writ of habeas corpus concerning the person was granted on the basis that the evidence unerringly points to innocence, or the person’s conviction was reversed on appeal on the basis of insufficient evidence.
(2) A writ of habeas corpus concerning the person was granted pursuant to Section 1473, either resulting in dismissal of the criminal charges for which the person was incarcerated or following a determination that the person is entitled to release on the person’s own recognizance, or to bail, pending retrial or pending appeal.
(3) The person was given an absolute pardon by the Governor on the basis that the person was innocent.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14902 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

14902.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivisions (b), (c), (d), (g), and (h) of this section, subdivision (c) of Section 13002, and subdivision (c) of Section 14900, upon an application for an identification card a fee of twenty dollars ($20), and on and after January 1, 2010, a fee of twenty-six dollars ($26), shall be paid to the department.
(b) An original or replacement senior citizen identification card issued pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 13000 shall be issued free of charge.
(c) The fee for an original or replacement identification card issued to 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 Article 9 (commencing with Section 18900) of Chapter 10 of Part 6 of, 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 shall be six dollars ($6). The determination of eligibility under this subdivision shall be made by a governmental or nonprofit entity, which shall be subject to regulations adopted by the department.
(d) A fee shall not be charged for an original or replacement identification card issued to any person who can verify his or her  their  status as a homeless person or homeless child or youth. A homeless services provider that has knowledge of the person’s housing status may verify the person’s status for purposes of this subdivision. A determination of eligibility pursuant to this subdivision shall be subject to regulations adopted by the department. A person applying for an identification card under this subdivision shall not be charged a fee for verification of his or her  their  eligibility.
(e) All fees received pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Motor Vehicle Account.
(f) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) A “homeless child or youth” has the same meaning as the definition of “homeless children and youths” as set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301 et seq.).
(2) 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.).
(3) 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 “homeless child or youth,” 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 local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youth designated as such pursuant to Section 11432 (g)(1)(J)(ii) of Title 42 of the United States Code, or a school social worker.
(D) A human services provider or public social services provider funded by the State of California to provide homeless children or youth services, health services, mental or behavioral health services, substance use disorder services, or public assistance or employment services.
(E) A law enforcement officer designated as a liaison to the homeless population by a local police department or sheriff’s department within the state.
(F) Any other homeless services provider that is qualified to verify an individual’s housing status, as determined by the department.
(g) The fee for a replacement identification card issued to an eligible inmate upon release from a state or  federal correctional facility or a county jail facility is eight dollars ($8). For purposes of this subdivision, “eligible inmate” means an inmate who meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The inmate previously held a California driver’s license or identification card.
(2) The inmate has a usable photo on file with the department that is not more than 10 years old.
(3) The inmate has no outstanding fees due for a prior California identification card.
(4) The inmate has provided, and the department has verified, his or her  their  true full name, date of birth, social security number, and legal presence in the United States.
(5) The inmate currently resides in a facility housing inmates under the control of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a federal correctional facility, federal correctional facility  or a county jail facility.
(6) The inmate has provided the department, upon application, a verification of his or her  their  eligibility under this subdivision that meets all of the following requirements:
(A) Be on state or  federal correctional facility letterhead or county sheriff letterhead.
(B) Be typed or computer generated.
(C) Contain the inmate’s name.
(D) Contain the inmate’s date of birth.
(E) Contain the original signature of an official from the state or  federal correctional facility or county sheriff’s office.
(F) Be dated within 90 days of the date of application.
(h) The fee for an original or replacement identification card issued to an eligible inmate upon release from a state correctional facility is eight dollars ($8). For purposes of this subdivision, “eligible inmate” has the same meaning as that term is defined under subdivision (b) of Section 3007.05 of the Penal Code, and meets both of the following requirements:
(1) The inmate currently resides in a facility housing inmates under the control of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
(2) The inmate has provided the department, upon application, a verification of their eligibility under this subdivision that meets the requirements described under subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, and (F) of paragraph (6) of subdivision (g) and contains the signature of an official from the state facility.
(h) (i)  The fee for a replacement identification card issued to an eligible patient treated in a facility of the State Department of State Hospitals is eight dollars ($8). For purposes of this subdivision, “eligible patient” means a patient who meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The patient previously held a California driver’s license or identification card.
(2) The patient has a usable photo on file with the department that is not more than 10 years old.
(3) The patient has no outstanding fees due for a prior California identification card.
(4) The patient has provided, and the department has verified, his or her  their  true full name, date of birth, social security number, and legal presence in the United States.
(5) The patient is currently preparing to be unconditionally discharged from a facility of the State Department of State Hospitals, or through a conditional release program.
(6) The patient has provided the department, upon application, a verification of his or her  their  eligibility under this subdivision that meets all of the following requirements:
(A) Be on State Department of State Hospitals letterhead.
(B) Be typed or computer generated.
(C) Contain the patient’s name.
(D) Contain the patient’s date of birth.
(E) Contain the original signature of an official from the State Department of State Hospitals.
(F) Be dated within 90 days of the date of application.