Driver privilege cards; issuance of new cards by DMV. (SB1345)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Driver privilege cards. Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an individual who has (i) reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months and (ii) is not in violation of the insurance requirements of Article 8 ( 46.2-705 et seq.) (Registration of Uninsured Motor Vehicles) of Chapter 6 of Title 46.2. The bill provides that driver privilege cards shall confer the same privileges and shall be subject to the same provisions as driver's licenses and permits; however, driver privilege cards shall not (a) confer voting privileges, (b) permit an individual to waive any part of the driver examination, or (c) be required to present proof of legal presence in the United States. The bill provides for the term "driver's license" to consistently refer to all driver's licenses, permits, driver privilege cards, and special identification cards issued by the Commonwealth or the comparable law of another jurisdiction. The bill allows the issuance of a limited-duration driver's license and special identification card to an applicant presenting valid documentary evidence that a federal court or federal agency having jurisdiction over immigration has authorized the applicant to be in the United States for a period of at least 30 days from the date of application. The bill authorizes the Tax Commissioner to provide to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles information sufficient to verify that an applicant for a driver privilege card or permit reported income from Virginia sources on an individual tax return filed with the Commonwealth in the preceding 12 months. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2018. Amends § 12.1-19, § 16.1-228, § 16.1-69.40:1, § 17.1-293, § 18.2-268.1, § 18.2-6, § 19.2-258.1, § 2.2-3705.7, § 2.2-3808.1, § 20-107.1, § 20-60.3, § 22.1-205, § 24.2-410.1, § 24.2-411.1, § 24.2-643, § 32.1-291.2, § 38.2-2212, § 4.1-305, § 46.2-328.1, § 46.2-330, § 46.2-332, § 46.2-333.1, § 46.2-335, § 46.2-343, § 58.1-3, § 59.1-442, § 63.2-1916, § 63.2-1941, § 8.01-313, § 8.9A-503, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101732D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/13/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1345)
01/17/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1345)
01/18/2017Passed by indefinitely in Transportation (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

frank papcin writes:

please forgive me for thinking that any illegal alien deserves absolutely no benefits from our country, our state or any community--- as obama states so often---PERIOD.
this bill will allow it---sugar coat it as much as you want

CASA, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO supports legislation that opens doors to immigrant communities who have a special commitment to making positive contributions to our society and economy.
This bill follows the recommendations of a comprehensive study conducted by the DMV and ordered by the House Transportation Committee in 2016. The study involved many stakeholders and analyzed the 11 states plus DC where driving privileges have been extended to undocumented residents. The findings are that the roads are safer for everyone when all drivers have an opportunity to meet the same standards of road safety; there are fewer incidences of undocumented drivers leaving the scene of an accident when they do not have to worry about additional punitive measures for being unlicensed operators; driving privileges improves the quality of life for all Virginians and opens doors to opportunity to first generation American citizens whose parents or caregivers are undocumented.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

No, Frank, it explicitly will not. It's right there in the bill description:

"The bill allows the issuance of a limited-duration driver's license and special identification card to an applicant presenting valid documentary evidence that a federal court or federal agency having jurisdiction over immigration has authorized the applicant to be in the United States for a period of at least 30 days from the date of application."

ACLU-VA Immigrants Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

ACLU-VA supports expansion of driving privileges to all residents of the Commonwealth regardless of immigration or refugee status. Roads are safer when drivers have a means to acquire legal driving privileges. We should welcome newcomers and extend public services such as driving privileges, social services, and educational opportunities to all who call Virginia home.