STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2012 SESSION
Assemblyman SEAN T. KEAN
District 30 (Monmouth and Ocean)
Assemblywoman CLEOPATRA G. TUCKER
District 28 (Essex)
Assemblyman DAVID P. RIBLE
District 30 (Monmouth and Ocean)
Assemblymen Ramos, Giblin, Chivukula, Assemblywoman Riley, Assemblymen Benson, DeAngelo and Mainor
Requires driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by MVC to indicate veteran status.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the display of veteran status on driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, supplementing chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes and amending P.L.1980, c.47.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. (New section) a. In addition to the requirements for the form and content of a motor vehicle driver’s license under R.S.39:3-10 and a probationary license issued under section 4 of P.L.1950, c.127 (C.39:3-13.4), the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall indicate the licensee’s veteran status upon each initial New Jersey license, each renewal of a New Jersey driver’s license and each probationary license upon proper application, as specified by the chief administrator, by any veteran.
b. For the purpose of this section, “veteran” means a person who has been honorably discharged from the active military service of the United States.
2. Section 2 of P.L.1980, c.47 (C.39:3-29.3) is amended to read as follows:
2. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall issue an identification card to any resident of the State who is 14 years of age or older and who is not the holder of a valid permit or basic driver’s license. The identification card shall attest to the true name, correct age and veteran status upon proper application, as specified by the chief administrator, by any veteran and shall contain other identifying data as certified by the applicant for such identification card. Every application for an identification card shall be signed and verified by the applicant and shall be accompanied by the written consent of at least one parent or the person’s legal guardian if the person is under 17 years of age and shall be supported by such documentary evidence of the age [and], identity and veteran status, or blindness, disability, or handicap, of such person as the chief administrator may require. In addition to requiring an applicant for an identification card to submit satisfactory proof of identity and age, the chief administrator also shall require the applicant to provide, as a condition for obtaining the card, satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. If the chief administrator has reasonable cause to suspect that any document presented by an applicant as proof of identity, age or legal residency is altered, false or otherwise invalid, the chief administrator shall refuse to grant the identification card until such time as the document may be verified by the issuing agency to the chief administrator’s satisfaction. For the purpose of this section, “veteran” means a person who has been honorably discharged from the active military service of the United States.
(cf: P.L.2011, c.47, s.3)
3. This act shall take effect on the first day of the eighteenth month after enactment, but the Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission may take such anticipatory acts in advance of that date as may be necessary for the timely implementation of this act.
This bill would require driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission to indicate the licensee’s or applicant’s veteran status upon request. The bill would apply to any person who has been honorably discharged from the active military service of the United States and would provide them with a convenient way to show proof of their veteran status on a daily basis.