Special identification cards; fee for issuance of duplicate or reissuance, expiration of cards. (HB1559)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Online renewal of special identification cards for persons 70 years of age or older. Provides that applicants 70 years of age or older may renew special identification cards online. Current law requires such renewal in person. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102607D
12/29/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/13/2017Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/17/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1559)
01/19/2017Reported from Transportation with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2017Committee substitute printed 17104283D-H1
01/20/2017Read first time
01/23/2017Passed by for the day
01/24/2017Read second time
01/24/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104283D-H1
01/24/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1559H1
01/25/2017Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
01/25/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2017Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/02/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1559H1)
02/08/2017Reported from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Read third time
02/13/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1559ER)
02/15/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1559ER)
02/15/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 122 (effective 7/1/17)
02/21/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0122)


Mary D. Devoy writes:

Dear Governor McAuliffe,

HB1559 was amended after the 2017 session began and I was not aware of the change until Feb 14th, having already passed through both chambers it will be heading to your desk very soon.

The House Transportation Committee added an amendment on January 16th which doesn’t take into account the age, mobility and/or health of those it is directed towards.

The amendment to section C states that anyone on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry must renew their Special Identification card (for Person 70 Years of Age or older) every 5 years instead of every 8 years AND that they are NOT permitted to do so online OR through the mail.

These Virginians are 70+ years old and they need these cards because they do NOT drive. Many of them probably don’t make it out much except to the doctor’s office where they would need to show identification along with their Medicare or Insurance card. But the Virginia Legislature has mandated they go in-person to a DMV location to renew their cards AND they’ve decided that it will be valid for 37% less time than other cards.

I understand that Virginia Drivers Licenses for Registered Sex Offenders also mandate in-person renewal at a DMV location and that they too expire 37% sooner than other Virginians Drivers Licenses, but the citizens who need these Special Identification Cards don’t drive and could be in poor health. This Bill prohibits them from renewing through the US mail or online with the help of a family member, this is truly pointless.

Please amend HB1559 to allow any VSP Registered Sex Offender who can not drive to submit a letter to DMV from their doctor stating that they are unable to travel to a DMV location every 5 years and allow them to renew either through the mail or online like everyone else.

Thank you very much.