Driver's license; State Police shall electronically transmit registry data of sex offenders to DMV. (HB534)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver's license renewal. Provides that driver's licenses issued to registered sex offenders will be valid for two years instead of the standard five years. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083813618
01/07/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2008Assigned Transportation sub: 3
01/25/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB534)
02/07/2008Reported from Transportation with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Committee substitute printed 083835618-H1
02/08/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute agreed to 083835618-H1
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB534H1
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/14/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB534H1)
02/21/2008Reported from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008Read third time
02/26/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB534ER)
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB534ER)
02/28/2008Signed by Speaker
03/02/2008Signed by President
03/07/2008Governor's recommendation received by House
03/07/2008Placed on Calendar
03/08/2008Enacted, Chapter (effective 1/1/09)
03/08/2008Passed by temporarily
03/08/2008House concurred in Governor's recommendation (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008G Governor's recommendation adopted
03/08/2008Reenrolled bill text (HB534ER2)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/08/2008Signed by President as reenrolled
03/08/2008Enacted, Chapter 487 (effective 1/1/09)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0487)


L. Lawless writes:

You have just got to be kidding me.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Wow. Seriously, this is pretty strange.

I would love love love to see legislators given the option to provide a rationale for legislation at the time that they file it, and have that rationale made public. Some of this stuff is utterly nonsensical without an accompanying explanation.

L. Lawless writes:

I believe the rationale that has been given in other states is that it is a way of ensuring that the offender has registered as required. If not, they will be denied a driver's license. Given the fact that offenders have to register at least annually (and more often for more serious offenses) and failure to register is a felony, I'm assuming that these guys would have probably been locked up before their driver's license comes up for renewal.

It's a waste of time that nobody will bother to speak against. Incidentally, the offender will have to pay for this renewal every two years. With about 13,000 - 14,000 offenders in Virginia, that's a little extra in the coffers.

Dave writes:

This is just silly. Registration for those offenders deemed violent is already four times a year, with periodic police checks of residence and place of work thrown in for good measure.
I agree with Waldo. I would love to see the reasoning behind this measure.

JW Morrison writes:

This makes sense. After all, how will the state get more money unless they do this.