Bill Text: NH HB669 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relative to gender identity information included on drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-15 - Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1853s, Motion Adopted, Voice Vote; OT3rdg; 05/15/2019; Senate Journal 16 [HB669 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB669-Amended.html

HB 669-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

05/15/2019   1853s

2019 SESSION

19-0763

11/03

 

HOUSE BILL 669-FN

 

AN ACT relative to gender identity information included on drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cannon, Straf. 18; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Bunker, Rock. 18; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Muscatel, Graf. 12; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows applicants for drivers' licenses, commercial drivers' licenses, and nondrivers' identification cards to indicate their gender as male, female, or other, and also requires such indication to be placed on any identification card issued by the division of motor vehicles.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

05/15/2019   1853s 19-0763

11/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to gender identity information included on drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Motor Vehicles; Administration of Motor Vehicle Laws; Powers and Duties; Identification Cards.  Amend RSA 260:21, III to read as follows:

III.  The identification card shall bear the name, address, date of birth, blood type (optional), gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," veteran's status for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law (optional), picture and signature of the applicant, and in the case of a card issued pursuant to RSA 260:21, I(c), said card shall bear the notation "Golden Granite State Discount Card."  The identification card shall bear an approved security marking indicating that it was not issued in compliance with Public Law 109-13 and is therefore not acceptable for federal identification purposes.

2  Motor Vehicles; Administration of Motor Vehicle Laws; Powers and Duties; Public Law 109-13 Compliant Identification Card.  Amend RSA 260:21-a, II to read as follows:

II.  The identification card shall bear the name, address, date of birth, gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," veteran's status for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law (optional), organ donor status (optional), picture, and signature of the applicant.

3  Motor Vehicles; Administration of Motor Vehicle Laws; Powers and Duties; Enhanced Identification Card.  Amend RSA 260:21-b, II to read as follows:

II.  The identification card shall bear the name, address, date of birth, gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," veteran's status for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law (optional), organ donor status (optional), picture, and signature of the applicant.

4  Motor Vehicles; Drivers' Licenses; Issuance of Licenses; Application for License.  Amend RSA 263:5 to read as follows:

263:5  Application for License.

I.  An application for a driver's license may be made by mail or otherwise to the department on a blank prepared under the director's authority.  The proper fee shall be deposited before the application is granted.

II.  The application for a driver's license shall include the following:

(a)  The full name and current mailing and residential address of the license applicant;

(b)  A physical description of the applicant, including gender indicated by checking either "M" for "male," "F" for female," or "X" for "other," height, weight, eye and hair color;

(c)  Date of birth;

(d)  Applicant's social security number, if required pursuant to RSA 263:40-a;

(e)  Applicant's signature;

(f)  Certifications of driver qualification;

(g)  Any other information required by the department.

5  Motor Vehicles; Drivers' Licenses; Form of License.  Amend RSA 263:40, II and III to read as follows:

II.  Drivers' licenses compliant with Public Law 109-13 issued pursuant to RSA 263:14-b shall bear the name, address, date of birth, gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," veteran's status for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law (optional), organ donor status (optional), picture, and signature of the applicant.  The driver's license card shall bear an approved security marking indicating that it was issued in compliance with Public Law 109-13 and is therefore acceptable for federal identification purposes.

III.  Enhanced drivers' licenses issued pursuant to RSA 263:14-c shall bear the name, address, date of birth, gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," veteran's status for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law (optional), organ donor status (optional), picture, and signature of the applicant.  The driver's license card shall bear an approved security marking indicating that it is an enhanced driver's license.

6  Motor Vehicles; Drivers' Licenses; Commercial Licensing; Application for License.  Amend RSA 263:90, I(b) to read as follows:

(b)  A physical description of the applicant, including [sex] gender indicated by checking either "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for other," height, weight, eye and hair color;

7  Motor Vehicles; Drivers' Licenses; Commercial Licensing; Commercial Driver License.  Amend RSA 263:91, I(c) to read as follows:

(c)  A physical description of the licensee including [sex,] gender indicated as "M" for "male," "F" for "female," or "X" for "other," height, weight, eye, and hair color;

8  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.

 

LBAO

19-0763

1/9/19

 

HB 669-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to gender identity information included on drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$25,000

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Cost of Collections*

*Pursuant to Part II, article 6-a of the New Hampshire constitution, any costs associated with the collection and administration of Highway Funds by the Department of Safety shall be deducted by the Department before such funds are credited to the Highway Fund as unrestricted revenue.

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill makes changes to the required fields of drivers’ license applications, as well as provides for a third option of gender specification for drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards.  It is estimated this would require system programming of approximately $25,000 in FY 2020.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Safety

 

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