PA 15-79—HB 6366

Transportation Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING PROOF OF IDENTITY FOR A "DRIVE ONLY" MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE

SUMMARY: This act changes the types of documents that applicants for a “drive only” license may submit to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as proof of their identity.

The law requires drive only license applicants to provide DMV with certain documents to prove their identity. The law classifies these documents as either primary or secondary proofs of identity.

Starting July 1, 2015, the act:

1. reduces, from three to two, the types of documents that DMV may accept as primary proof of identity;

2. adds two types of documents that DMV may accept as secondary proof of identity; and

3. bars DMV from accepting three types of documents the law previously allowed as secondary proof.

By law, drive only applicants must provide DMV with either (1) two forms of primary proof or (2) one form of primary and one form of secondary proof.

The act also prohibits applicants from submitting photocopies, notarized photocopies, or noncertified documents as proof of (1) identity or (2) residency. And it requires, starting July 1, 2016, that the back of each drive only license contain a statement that it cannot be used for voter identification purposes. Licenses issued before July 1, 2016, must have this statement added when they are renewed.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015, except the provision adding the statement on the back of the drive only license takes effect July 1, 2016.

PROOF OF IDENTITY FOR DRIVE ONLY LICENSES

By law, the DMV commissioner may issue drive only licenses to individuals who cannot provide DMV with proof of legal U. S. presence 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.

To obtain a drive only license, an applicant, in addition to meeting driving test requirements, must provide DMV with (1) proof of residency in Connecticut and (2) identification, which may be either (a) two forms of primary proof or (b) one form of primary proof and one form of secondary proof. An applicant also must file an affidavit with the commissioner attesting that he or she has filed or will file an application to legalize his or her immigration status.

By law, any form of proof of identity or residency submitted to DMV in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation prepared by a translator the commissioner approves.

Primary Proof of Identity

The act eliminates an applicant's ability to use, as primary proof of identity, a consular report of his or her birth in a foreign country. As under prior law, applicants may still use a (1) valid, unexpired foreign passport or one that expired less than three years before the application date, issued by the applicant's country of citizenship, or (2) valid, unexpired consular identification document issued by their country of citizenship.

Secondary Proof of Identity

The act allows applicants for drive only licenses to use, as secondary proof of identity, a (1) valid foreign national identification card or (2) original birth certificate with a raised seal issued by a foreign country. Applicants may no longer use for this purpose a (1) valid foreign voter registration card, (2) certified school transcript, or (3) baptismal certificate or similar document.

As under prior law, applicants may still use a (1) valid, unexpired driver's license with security features, issued by another state or country or (2) certified copy of a marriage certificate issued by a U. S. state, territory, county, city, or town.

BACKGROUND

Related Act

PA 15-5, June Special Session, 239, clarifies that the back of drive only licenses must contain language stating that the license may not be used for voting purposes.

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