Driver privilege cards; definitions, effective date, report. (SB34)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver privilege cards; penalty. Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an applicant who (i) has 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 for the registration of an uninsured motor vehicle. 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) have their issuance be contingent upon the applicant's ability to produce proof of legal presence in the United States. The bill limits the release of certain information stored by the Department. 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 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, 2021. This bill incorporates SB 643. Read the Bill »


02/18/2020: Subcommittee Recommends Passing the Bill


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100564D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
11/19/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB34)
12/02/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB34)
01/30/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20107461D-S1
01/30/2020Incorporates SB643 (Boysko)
01/30/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Title replaced 20107461D-S1
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB34S1
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB34S1)
02/10/2020Passed by for the day
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB34S2
02/11/2020Printed as reengrossed 20108060D-E2S2
02/11/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Committee substitute reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected 20107461D-S1
02/11/2020Floor substitute printed 20108060D-S2 (Surovell)
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Passed by temporarily
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to 20108060D-S2
02/11/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2020Amendment by Senator Surovell agreed to
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendment SB34ES2
02/11/2020Printed as engrossed 20108060D-ES2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Engrossed bill reprinted 20108060D-ES2
02/12/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB34S2)
02/12/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB34ES2)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/14/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)


Nuther writes:

This LIS bill summary doesn't make clear a couple of important points:

1. The bill would delete the requirement for an SSN/TIN.

2. The bill would delete the requirement for the DMV to notify the Board of Elections when a license is issued to a non-citizen.

Promoted as a public safety measure I think the actual purpose is allowing aliens of all sorts to vote.

You must certify citizenship when registering but no documentation is required. If the DMV -- which DOES (now) require basic documentation stops doing so AND stops notifying the Board of Elections to prevent registration of persons holding non-citizen licenses ...

This is not a good idea.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

No, this could not be used to register to vote, because a driver privilege card is not a valid method of identification to register to vote. Only driver's licenses are. This creates a completely new type of identification card.

Further, registering to vote requires requires a valid social security number. So even if this was a driver's license, it still wouldn't be useful to register to vote illegally.

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