Bill Text: NY S05226 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Requires applicant for renewal of a driver's license to pass a written examination with respect to the laws relating to traffic and other matters as the commissioner may prescribe.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-05 - PRINT NUMBER 5226A [S05226 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S05226-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                     April 17, 2019

        Introduced by Sen. GOUNARDES -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed  to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- commit-
          tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and  recom-
          mitted to said committee

        AN  ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring a
          written exam upon renewal of a driver's license

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehi-
     2  cle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59  of
     3  the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (a)  A  license  issued  pursuant  to subdivision five of this section
     5  shall be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless  such
     6  license  is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be renewed
     7  by submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by  law,
     8  proofs  of  prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision prescribed by
     9  the  commissioner,  the  applicant's  social  security  number,  and  if
    10  required  by  the  commissioner  a  photo image of the applicant in such
    11  numbers and form as the commissioner shall prescribe.  In addition,  the
    12  commissioner  shall  require  an applicant for renewal to pass a written
    13  examination with respect to the  laws  relating  to  traffic  and  other
    14  matters  as the commissioner may prescribe including, but not limited to
    15  those subjects set forth  in  subdivision  four  of  this  section.  The
    16  commissioner  may  provide  for  applicants to complete such examination
    17  online or in person. In addition, an applicant for renewal of a  license
    18  containing a hazardous material endorsement shall pass an examination to
    19  retain  such  endorsement.  The  commissioner shall, with respect to the
    20  renewal of a hazardous materials endorsement, comply with  the  require-
    21  ments imposed upon states by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of
    22  the  code  of  federal  regulations.  A renewal of such license shall be
    23  issued by the commissioner upon approval  of  such  application,  except

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  that no such license shall be issued if its issuance would be inconsist-
     2  ent  with  the provisions of section five hundred sixteen of this title,
     3  and except that the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the
     4  applicant  is  the  holder  of a currently valid or renewable license to
     5  drive issued by another state or foreign country  unless  the  applicant
     6  surrenders such license.
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     8  it  shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
     9  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    10  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    11  completed on or before such effective date.