ACT NO. 188
Enhanced driver licenses
This act provides as an option the issuance of an enhanced driver license. An enhanced license means an operators license, commercial driver license, junior operators license, or nondriver identification card that denotes identity and citizenship and that includes facilitative technology identified by the Department of Homeland Security. Employees who are authorized to manufacture or produce operators licenses and identification cards, including enhanced licenses, may be subject to appropriate security clearance if required by federal law, including background investigations that may include criminal and traffic records checks and proof of United States citizenship.
The face of an enhanced license shall contain the individuals name, date of birth, gender, a unique identification number, full facial photograph or imaged likeness, address, signature, issuance and expiration dates, and citizenship. The back of the enhanced license shall have a machine-readable zone. A Gen 2 vicinity Radio Frequency Identification chip shall be embedded in the enhanced license in compliance with the security standards of the Department of Homeland Security. Any additional personal identity information not currently required by the Department of Homeland Security shall need the approval of either the general assembly or the legislative committee on administrative rules prior to the implementation of the requirements. In addition to any other requirement of law or rule, before an enhanced license may be issued to a person, the person shall present for inspection and copying satisfactory documentary evidence to determine identity and United States citizenship. An application shall be accompanied by: a photo identity document, documentation showing the persons date and place of birth, proof of the persons Social Security number, and documentation showing the persons principal residence address. To be issued, an enhanced license must meet the same requirements as those for the issuance of a United States passport. Before an application may be processed, the documents and information shall be verified as determined by the commissioner. Any additional personal identity information not currently required by the Department of Homeland Security shall need the approval of either the general assembly or the legislative committee on administrative rules prior to the implementation of the requirements. No person shall compile or maintain a database of electronically readable information derived from an operators license, junior operators license, enhanced license, learner permit, or nondriver identification card. This prohibition shall not apply to a person who accesses, uses, compiles, or maintains a database of the information for law enforcement or governmental. purposes or for the prevention of fraud or abuse or other criminal conduct. The fee for an enhanced license shall be $25.00 in addition to the fees otherwise established by Title 23. The commissioner of motor vehicles is directed to report annually to the house and senate committees on transportation by January 15 for the purpose of reporting the associated costs, the number of enhanced licenses issued, implementation problems, recommended revisions, and other relevant information.
The act requires that a resident who has moved into the state from another jurisdiction with a valid license to operate motor vehicles shall procure a license within 60 days of moving into the state. The enhanced license is optional.
Effective Date: This act took effect from passage on June 4, 2008; however, the provision providing for the issuance of the enhanced license does not take effect until the commissioner of motor vehicles determines that the systems necessary to operate the program are available.
The Vermont General Assembly
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