SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As of February 25, 2013
Title: An act relating to allowing for a veteran designation on drivers' licenses and identicards.
Brief Description: Allowing for a veteran designation on drivers' licenses and identicards.
Sponsors: Senators Benton, Hobbs, Brown, Ericksen, Conway and Rivers.
Committee Activity: Transportation: 2/20/13.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
Staff: Kim Johnson (786-7472)
Background: The Department of Licensing (DOL) issues driver's licenses and identification cards. The fee for driver’s licenses and identicards is $9 per year. Currently driver’s licenses and identicards are generally issued for a period of five years, but after July 2013, driver’s licenses and identicards will be valid for a period of six years.
The United States Department of Defense issues a document known as DD Form 214 that constitutes a verified record of a service member's time in the military. This form also shows a service member's reason for discharge. Government agencies use this form to determine eligibility for certain veteran benefits.
Summary of Bill: A person may apply to DOL to obtain a veteran designation on a driver's license or identification card. The person must provide the Department of Defense discharge document, DD Form 214, that shows a discharge status of honorable or general under honorable conditions and establishes the person's service in the armed forces.
The Department may charge an additional fee for driver's licenses with a veteran designation that is sufficient to cover the start-up and administrative costs associated with the inclusion of the designation. The fee may not, however, exceed $2 per designation.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.
Effective Date: The bill takes effect on July 1, 2015.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony: None.
Persons Testifying: No one.