OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT MAKING FOREIGN BIRTH CERTIFICATES A SECONDARY PROOF OF IDENTITY FOR A "DRIVE-ONLY" OPERATOR'S LICENSE.
This bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to accept, as secondary proof of identity for a “Drive Only” license, an original birth certificate with a raised seal issued by a foreign country.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015
“DRIVE ONLY” LICENSES
PA 13-89, codified as CGS § 14-36m, requires the DMV commissioner to issue driver's licenses for driving purposes only to individuals who cannot provide DMV with proof of legal U. S. residence or a Social Security number. The license only allows the license holder to drive; he or she cannot use it for federal identification purposes (e. g., boarding a plane) or as proof of identity to vote. DMV refers to these licenses as “Drive Only” licenses.
By law, “Drive Only” license applicants must, among other requirements, provide DMV with either (1) two forms of primary proof of identity (e.g., an unexpired foreign passport or one that expired less than three years previously) or (2) one form of primary proof of identity and one form of secondary proof of identity.
The bill adds an original birth certificate with a raised seal from a foreign country as a form of secondary proof. Under current law, the following documents are already considered acceptable forms of secondary proof:
1. a valid, unexpired driver's license with security features, issued by another state or country;
2. a valid foreign voter registration card;
3. a certified copy of a marriage certificate issued by a state or U. S. territory, or a county, city, or town in a state or territory;
4. a certified school transcript; or
5. a baptismal certificate or similar document.
By law, any form of proof of identity submitted to DMV in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation prepared by a translator the commissioner approves.
SB 506, reported favorably by the Transportation Committee, requires the DMV commissioner to (1) use distinctive numbers or lettering as part of the license number of “Drive Only” licenses to easily identify them and (2) provide information to registrars of voters on identifying these licenses.