Bill to Exempt Homeless from Fee for a Non-Driver Identification Card Goes to Governor

Legislation that would allow homeless people to obtain, duplicate or renew a non-driver identification card without paying fees to the Motor Vehicle Commission was approved 72-0 Monday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval. The legislation was sponsored by Mercer County Assembly Democrat Reed Gusciora. The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.

“We should remove any obstacles that prevent those living in poverty from improving their lives,” said Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). “If waiving this fee makes it easier for a homeless person to get the identification they need to get a new start, then we should do it. It’s a simple but effective idea.”

Under the legislation (A-2107), the MVC chief administrator may waive the fees for a homeless person who submits proof of temporary residence through either a social worker or the coordinator of an emergency shelter for the homeless where the person is temporarily residing.

Currently, residents who are 14 years of age and older may apply to the MVC for a non-driver identification card, for a fee of $24.  The card is issued solely for the purpose of providing identification and is not a license to drive.

The legislation requires the MVC chief to promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the bill. The bill would take effect on the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment.

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