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CS/SB 158 — Identification Cards and Driver Licenses

by Transportation Committee; and Senators Hutson and Negron

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Transportation Committee (TR)

The bill (Chapter 2016-4, L.O.F.) allows the holder of a lifetime fishing, hunting, or sportsman’s license, or a lifetime boater safety identification card to have a symbol displaying that lifetime status added to his or her driver license or identification card when it is being issued, renewed, or replaced for a purpose other than solely including the symbol on the card. Adding the symbol requires the payment of a $1 fee, in addition to the applicable issuance, renewal, or replacement fee. A driver license or identification card that has a recreational symbol can be used as proof of possession of the lifetime license or card.

An individual who surrenders and replaces his or her driver license or identification card before its expiration date, with the sole purpose of including the applicant’s status as a lifetime fishing, hunting, or sportsman license holder or lifetime boater safety cardholder, is only required to pay a $2 fee for the replacement license or card.

These provisions were approved by the Governor and take effect July 1, 2016. However, the changes made to driver licenses and identification cards will apply upon implementation of new designs for the license and card by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which is anticipated to be in 2017.

Vote: Senate 34-0; House 118-0