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  • NJ A868
  • Establishes the "New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act."
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the "New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act," which establishes driver's licenses for New Jersey residents who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Specifically, under the provisions of this bill, the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is required to issue a driver's license to a person who satisfies the requirements for the issuance of a basic driver's license but cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Under the bill, each applicant is required to submit to the MVC proof of identity, date of birth, and residency in this State. The substitute specifies certain documents that the chief administrator may accept, in addition to any other documents determined to be appropriate by the chief administrator. The bill provides that applicants who are unable to provide the listed documents, but who are able to provide alternative documents, are to be subject to a secondary review to determine whether the applicant has presented sufficient verification. In addition, if a document provided by an applicant is in a language other than English, the chief administrator may require the applicant to submit a certified translation of the document into English if a bilingual employee of the MVC is not able to read and interpret the document. A person applying for this driver's license is required to pay all fees applicable to the issuance of a basic driver's license and the commission may charge an additional fee, not to exceed $50 per driver's license, to offset administrative costs associated with the production and distribution of the driver's license. This additional fee is to expire 36 months after the effective date of the bill. Under the bill, the driver's license is valid for four years. The bill provides that the commission is required to adopt regulations concerning the form and design of the driver's license, which is to include a digitized picture of the person to whom the card was issued and the statement "Federal Limits Apply" on the front of the driver's license in the smallest font size contained on the license. In addition, the back of the driver's license is to contain the statement "This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes. This license is issued only as a license to drive a motor vehicle. It does not establish eligibility for employment, voter registration, or public benefits." Any personal information collected by the commission is subject to the same disclosure restrictions that apply to personal information collected from applicants for driver's licenses. In addition, this information is not to be considered a public record and is not to be disclosed to any federal, State, or local governmental entity without probable cause or a valid warrant. The bill also provides that a driver's license issued under the provisions of the bill is not to be considered evidence of an individual's citizenship or immigration status and is not to be used as a basis for an investigation, arrest, citation, or detention. In addition, under the provisions of the bill, it is an unlawful discrimination violation for any person, pursuant to the provisions of section 11 of P.L.1945, c.169 (C.10:5-12), to discriminate against an individual based upon the fact that the individual holds or presents a driver's license issued under the bill. In addition, any public official who discriminates against a person who holds or presents a driver's license issued under the bill, is guilty of the crime of official deprivation of civil rights. The bill also provides that an applicant for a driver's license who provides false documentation or who knowingly makes a false statement on an application for the purpose of obtaining this driver's license is guilty of falsifying records. Under the bill, automobile insurers are prohibited from assigning an insured to a rating tier based on the insured holding a driver's license issued under the bill. The bill requires the chief administrator to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature evaluating the effectiveness of the issuance of driver's licenses under the bill. Finally, under the provisions of the bill, the chief administrator is required to establish and conduct a public education campaign regarding the availability of the driver's license issued under the bill and the requirements for obtaining such a license.
Homeland Security and State Preparedness
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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