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General Assembly



February Session, 2012

LCO No. 5226



Offered by:


SEN. RORABACK, 30th Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5553

File No. 645

Cal. No. 509

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 14-36h of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 11-68, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(a) Each motor vehicle operator's license issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in accordance with section 14-36 and each identity card issued by said commissioner in accordance with section 1-1h shall contain the following: (1) The person's full legal name; (2) the person's date of birth; (3) the person's gender; (4) the person's height and eye color; (5) the person's assigned operator's license or identity card number; (6) the person's address of principal residence in this state; (7) the person's signature; (8) the person's color photograph or digital image; [and] (9) if applicable, the person's status as a veteran, as provided in subsection (d) of this section; and (10) if applicable, an indication that the person has been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, pursuant to section 14-227a, as amended by this act.

(b) The commissioner shall provide that each such license or identity card document contains physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication of the document.

(c) Each such document shall also contain one or more machine-readable technology feature or component, including, but not limited to, a bar code or magnetic strip.

(d) Any person who is a veteran may submit a request to the Department of Veterans' Affairs to have his or her status as a veteran contained on his or her motor vehicle operator's license or identity card. Said department shall, not later than thirty days after receipt of such request, verify whether such person is a veteran and, if so, notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of such request and verification. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall indicate such person's status as a veteran on any motor vehicle operator's license or identity card issued to such person upon original issuance or renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license or identity card or upon issuance of a duplicate motor vehicle operator's license or identity card.

(e) As used in this section: (1) "Full legal name" means the most complete version of the name that appears on a person's certificate of birth, official passport or other document or documents accepted by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to verify the person's identity, unless the person presents a marriage license or certificate, a certificate of civil union, a divorce decree or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction pertaining to a permanent change of the person's name; and (2) "veteran" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (a) of section 27-103. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

January 1, 2013