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Bill Detail: HB21-1139

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Title Driver's License Electronic Renewal By Seniors
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy (04/09/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/01/2021
Summary

Current law allows renewal of a driver's license by mail only every
other renewal period. The bill eliminates this restriction and allows
renewal by mail only if the photo of the person that is on file with the
department of revenue (department) is at least as recent as required by
federal law.
Under current law, to renew a driver's license by mail, a person
who is under 66 years of age must attest under penalty of law that the
person has had an eye examination within the preceding 3 years. A person
who is 66 years of age or older must obtain a signed statement from an
optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye
examination within the last 6 months and attesting to the results of the
examination. For both of these requirements, the bill changes the
threshold from 66 to 80 years of age.
Current law allows electronic renewal of a driver's license only for
drivers who are 21 to 65 years of age. The bill eliminates the upper age
limit and allows drivers who are 66 years of age or older to renew their
drivers' licenses electronically.
Current law allows a person to renew a driver's license
electronically only for 2 consecutive driver's license renewal periods. The
bill eliminates this restriction and allows a person to renew a driver's
license electronically only if the photo of the person that is on file with
the department is at least as recent as required by federal law.
Current law requires a person renewing a driver's license
electronically to attest under penalty of law that the person has had an eye
examination within 3 years before the renewal. The bill applies this
requirement only to a person who is 80 years of age or older and adds a
requirement that the person must obtain a signed statement from an
optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye
examination within the preceding 6 months and attesting to the results of
the examination.
Current law allows an applicant to renew an identification card by
electronic means if the applicant is 21 to 64 years of age. The bill allows
applicants who are 65 years of age or older to renew an identification card
electronically.
Under current law, the department may not issue a driver's license
to a person under 18 years of age unless the person has submitted a log or
other written evidence certifying that the person has completed a
minimum amount of actual driving experience, and the form must be
signed by the person who signed an affidavit of liability for the person.
The bill allows this form to be signed by the person's parent or guardian
or by a responsible adult.

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