HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2453

TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO CIVIL IDENTIFICATION.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the United States enacted the REAL ID Act of 2005, division B of Public Law No. 109-13. The REAL ID Act sets forth in title II, specifically sections 201 and 202, the kind of documentation required and procedures to be followed in issuing drivers' licenses and non-drivers' identification cards. Pursuant to section 37.51 of title 6 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended, volume 40 Federal Register pages 12269-12271 (March 7, 2011), the REAL ID Act must be implemented by January 15, 2013. The legislature further finds that drivers' licenses and non-drivers' identification cards that do not comply with the REAL ID Act on and after January 15, 2013, will not be recognized by federal agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration, and may not be recognized by other states. The REAL ID Act must be implemented on a timely basis in order to permit Hawaii's people to travel and to do business with the federal government and other states.

Hawaii is unique among the fifty states in that the counties, under the general supervision of the director of transportation, have been delegated the function of implementing the state driver's license program since 1937. Under current law, the department of the attorney general issues non-drivers' identification cards. It is imperative that the two functions be combined in order to comply with the REAL ID Act. The purpose of this Act is to consolidate the driver's license and non-driver's identification card programs for the State of Hawaii under the director of transportation and to have the non-drivers' identification cards issued by the examiners of drivers of each county. A transition period is provided for the substantial consolidation effort, with full implementation to take effect on January 1, 2013.

Act 35, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011, further mandates the attorney general to work with the director of transportation and appropriate county agencies to allow county employees to issue certificates of identification at the same locations where drivers' licenses are issued. This is to be accomplished by January 1, 2013.

SECTION 2. Chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding to part VI thirteen new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"286-A Issuance of identification card or temporary card. (a) The examiner of drivers, upon receipt of an application filed in compliance with section 286-C by any person who is a resident or a temporary resident of this State, and, except as otherwise provided in this section and section 286-I, upon receipt of the fee therefore, shall issue an identification card to that person.

(b) To obtain an identification card from the examiner of drivers, a person must complete the application form described in section 286-C.

(c) An identification card shall be similar in size, shape, and design to a driver's license, but does not entitle the person to whom it is issued to operate a motor vehicle.

(d) The fact of issuance of an identification card pursuant to this section shall not place upon the State of Hawaii or any agency thereof any liability for the misuse thereof and the acceptance thereof as valid identification is a matter left entirely to the discretion of any person to whom such card is presented.

286-B Oaths and investigations. The examiner of drivers and each authorized subordinate may administer oaths and require and take oral or written statements under oath of any person in connection with any information required under this part or any rule under this part.

286-C Application for identification card. (a) Application for the identification card shall be made in person by any adult person or minor. The minimum age for minors to obtain an identification card shall be ten years of age. In the case of a minor under the age of fourteen years, the application shall be made in the minor's behalf by the parent, or by another person in loco parentis of such minor who can provide proof of guardianship. In the case of an incompetent person, the application shall be made by the person having the custody or control of or maintaining the incompetent person.

(b) Application for renewal of an identification card issued after November 1, 1998, for a person eighty years old or older may be done by mailing in a completed application and fee, if there is no change in name and citizenship. The director shall adopt rules to allow for renewal by mail for persons with physical or mental disabilities for whom application in person presents a serious burden.

(c) Every application for an identification card or duplicate shall be made on a form developed by the director and furnished by the examiner of drivers, shall be signed by the applicant, and by the applicant's parent or guardian if the applicant is under eighteen years of age, and shall contain the following information pertaining to the applicant:

(1) Name, the street and number or address of the applicant's permanent residence;

(2) The applicant's occupation and any pertinent data relating thereto;

(3) The applicant's citizenship;

(4) The applicant's date and place of birth;

(5) General description, including the applicant's gender, height, weight, hair color, and eye color;

(6) The applicant's left and right index fingerprints or, if clear impressions cannot be obtained, other identifying imprints as specified by rules of the director;

(7) The social security number of the applicant;

(8) A digitized frontal photograph of the applicant's full face.

Each applicant shall present documentary evidence as required by the examiner of drivers of the applicant's age and identity and the applicant shall swear or affirm that all information given is true and correct.

(d) The application also shall state whether the applicant has an advance health-care directive. If the applicant has an advance health-care directive, the identification card shall bear the designation "AHCD". "Advance health-care directive" means an individual instruction in writing, a living will, or a durable power of attorney for health care decisions.

(e) The examiner of drivers, in accordance with section 11-6, at the time of application, shall make an application for voter registration available to every applicant for an identification card who is eligible to register to vote.

(f) The examiner of drivers shall maintain a suitable, indexed record of all applications.

286-D Procedure. (a) All information required by section 286-C shall be obtained by employees of the examiner as provided for by rules of the director and by personal interviews with the applicant for the identification card or parent, person in loco parentis or guardian, as shown by letters of guardianship. Every applicant and other person giving information on behalf of any applicant under this part shall answer truthfully all questions, furnish all information within the possession or knowledge of the person which may be asked or required by the employee within the scope of the requirements of this part, and submit to the examiner all information and supporting documentation required by rules of the director.

(b) Special provisions may be made by rules of the director.

(c) The examiner may require an applicant, or any person giving information on behalf of an applicant, to furnish original or certified copies of documents to establish or corroborate the information required to establish identity under this part and may, by rules, set forth what documents will be required to support or corroborate certain information.

286-E Contents and characteristics; form. (a) Each identification card issued by the examiner of drivers shall display a distinguishing number assigned to the cardholder, and shall display the following inscription:

"STATE OF HAWAII IDENTIFICATION CARD"

(b) The examiner of drivers, after taking the fingerprint of the applicant as provided in this part and after obtaining the information required by or pursuant to this part, shall issue to each applicant an identification card in such form, and with such identifying information as the director deems necessary and appropriate. However, the identification card shall not display the cardholder's social security number.

(c) The identification card shall be designed to prevent its reproduction or alteration without ready detection.

(d) The identification card for persons under twenty-one years of age shall have characteristics prescribed by the examiner distinguishing it from that issued to a person who is twenty-one years of age or older.

286-F Expiration; renewal; replacement. (a) Every identification card issued under this part, whether an original or a renewal, shall bear an expiration date which shall be on the person's birthday, eight years after the year of issuance; provided that if the person is a legal nonimmigrant, the certificate shall bear an expiration date that is the same as the expiration date on the person's Immigration and Naturalization Service departure card (I-94). A cardholder may renew the cardholder's identification card within six months before the day on which it expires by filing an application in accordance with section 286-C and paying the prescribed fee establish by rules of the director.

(b) If an identification card is lost, destroyed, or mutilated, the person to whom the identification card was issued may obtain a duplicate by doing both of the following:

(1) Furnishing suitable proof of the loss, destruction, or mutilation to the examiner;

(2) Filing an application and presenting documentary evidence under section 286-C.

Any person who loses an identification card and, after obtaining a duplicate, finds the original, immediately shall surrender the original to the examiner.

A cardholder may obtain a replacement identification card that reflects any change of the cardholder's name by furnishing suitable proof of the change to the examiner and surrendering the cardholder's existing card.

When a cardholder applies for a duplicate or obtains a replacement identification card, the cardholder shall pay the fee established by rules of the director.

(c) The examiner of drivers shall cancel any identification card upon determining that the identification card was obtained unlawfully, issued in error, or was altered. The examiner also shall cancel any identification card that is surrendered to the examiner after the cardholder has obtained a duplicate or replacement identification card, or a REAL ID compliant driver's or commercial driver's license.

(d) No agent of the State or its political subdivisions shall condition the granting of any benefit, service, right, or privilege upon the possession by any person of an identification card. Nothing in this section shall preclude any publicly operated or franchised transit system from using an identification card for the purpose of granting benefits or services of the system.

No person shall be required to apply for, carry, or possess an identification card.

(e) The examiner shall not issue an identification card to a person under twenty-one years of age that does not have the characteristics prescribed by the examiner distinguishing it from the identification card issued to persons who are twenty-one years of age or older.

(f) Whoever violates subsection (e) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(g) To provide for the transition to issuance of identification cards by the examiner of drivers, an identification card issued by the attorney general prior to the effective date of this Act shall be valid until its stated expiration date.

286-G Identification cards not to be altered; duties of holder; lost certificates. No person, except agents of the examiner acting pursuant to the authority of law, shall alter, deface, or destroy any identification card. Except as specifically authorized by this section or the rules of the director, no cardholder shall loan or give the person's identification card to any other person, and no person shall use the identification card of any other person. Any person whose identification card is stolen or otherwise lost, or altered, defaced, or destroyed, may at any time apply for a duplicate identification card, which duplicate shall be issued by the examiner upon being satisfied as to such loss, alteration, defacing, or destruction. In the case of an altered or defaced identification card, the identification card, if available, shall be surrendered by the cardholder and canceled by the examiner. Any person finding or coming into possession of the identification card of any other person shall promptly return or deliver the same to the owner thereof.

286-H Correction or alteration of records and identification cards in cases of error or subsequent changes concerning names, citizenship, description, etc. (a) If, after receiving an identification card, the name of any cardholder is legally changed by marriage, divorce, adoption, legitimization, order of the lieutenant governor, or other legal means, or if there is a change in the cardholder's citizenship, or if there is a change in the cardholder's address, the cardholder or other person in charge of the cardholder (in the case of a minor or incompetent person), within thirty days after the change of name, or address, or citizenship, shall report the change and present the cardholder's identification card to the examiner. The examiner, upon being satisfied as to the change and receiving payment of the fee, shall cancel the identification card and issue a new identification card bearing the new name or citizenship or address of the cardholder, making appropriate notation of the facts upon the records of the examiner.

(b) If any error has been made in any item of information contained in the records of the examiner or the identification card concerning any cardholder, the examiner, of its own motion, or upon application by the cardholder, and upon receipt of satisfactory evidence that an error has been committed, with the approval of the examiner, may correct the error and, in such case, shall make appropriate changes or notations stating the error and the correct information upon the records of the examiner and the identification card.

(c) In case any item of personal information originally correct with respect to the cardholder shall change after issuance of the identification card, the change, if material, may be registered by the examiner and the records and identification card may be altered to conform thereto, upon receipt by the examiner of satisfactory evidence as to the change and the approval of the examiner.

286-I Rules. For the purpose of carrying out this part the director, subject to chapter 91, shall adopt rules having the force and effect of law including rules assessing reasonable fees for the services provided under this part. The rules shall provide for a waiver of any fee in cases of extreme hardship.

286-J Forms. The director may prepare, prescribe, and furnish, in conformity with this part, forms for questionnaires, notices, fingerprint cards or forms, certificates of identification, instructions, and all other forms necessary or proper for the prompt, efficient, and adequate execution of the functions of the examiner set forth in this part.

286-K Custody and use of records; information confidential. (a) All information and records acquired by the examiner of drivers under this part shall be confidential. All information and records shall be maintained in an appropriate form and in an appropriate office in the custody and under the control of the examiner. The information shall be available only to authorized persons under such restrictions as the director shall prescribe. The examiner may dispose of any application or identification card, or information or record relating to such application or identification card, which does not include a social security number, without regard to the provisions of chapter 94, whenever, in the examiner's discretion, retention of such information or record is no longer required or practicable.

(b) No officer or employee of the examiner shall divulge any information concerning any cardholder acquired from the records of the examiner or acquired in the performance of any of the officer's or employee's duties under this part to any person not authorized to receive the same pursuant to this part. No person acquiring from the records any information concerning any cardholder shall divulge the information to any person not so authorized to receive the same.

286-L State identification card fee special fund. There is established in the state treasury a special fund to be known as the state identification card fee special fund. The fund shall consist of all fees assessed for the processing and issuance of identification cards. The fund shall be used for the purposes of the identification card program. The fund shall be administered by the director. The fund shall be held separate and apart from all other moneys, funds, and accounts in the state treasury. Interest and investment earnings credited to the assets of the fund shall become a part of the fund. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in the fund for the next fiscal year.

286-M. Reimbursement to counties. The counties shall be reimbursed the incremental costs incurred in the administration of this chapter. The amount of reimbursement shall be determined by the director of transportation."

SECTION 3. Section 286-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

""Identification card" means a document made or issued under the authority of this chapter which, when completed with information concerning a particular individual, is intended solely for the purposes of identification."

SECTION 4. Chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the title of part VI to read as follows:

"PART VI. MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING AND

IDENTIFICATION CARDS"

SECTION 5. Section 286-102, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) No person shall receive a driver's license without surrendering to the examiner of drivers all valid drivers' licenses and all valid identification cards in the person's possession. All licenses and identification cards shall be returned to the issuing authority, together with information that the person is licensed in this State; provided that with the exception of drivers' licenses issued by any Canadian province, a foreign driver's license may be returned to the owner after being invalidated pursuant to issuance of a Hawaii license; and provided further that the examiner of drivers shall notify the authority that issued the foreign license that the license has been invalidated and returned because the owner is now licensed in the State. No person shall be permitted to hold more than one valid driver's license at any time."

SECTION 6. Part II of chapter 846, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

SECTION 7. All valid and unexpired non-drivers' identification cards issued by the attorney general up to and including December 31, 2012, shall remain valid for all purposes until their stated expiration date.

SECTION 8. The jurisdiction, functions, powers, duties, and authority heretofore executed by the attorney general shall be transferred and conferred upon the director of transportation and shall be performed and enforced in the same manner as previously authorized, entitled, or obligated except as otherwise authorized, directed, or instructed by this Act.

The director of transportation shall succeed to all of the rights and powers previously exercised, and all of the duties and obligations incurred by the attorney general in the exercise of the functions, powers, duties, and authority transferred, whether such functions, powers, duties, and authority are mentioned in or granted by any law, contract, or other document.

All rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and other material developed or adopted by the attorney general to implement provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to substance of which are reenacted or made applicable to the director of transportation under this Act, shall remain in full force and effect until amended or replaced by the director of transportation pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

All leases, contracts, agreements, permits or other documents executed or entered into by or on behalf of the attorney general pursuant to the provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, the substance of which are reenacted or made applicable to the director of transportation by this Act, shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION 9. Effective January 1, 2013, all personnel employed by and positions in the department of the attorney general whose functions, duties, responsibilities, and activities involved the collection and review of information related to issuance of non-drivers' identification cards, record-keeping, fingerprinting and issuance of non-drivers' identification cards, including data processing, administrative services, and the like, shall be transferred to the examiner of drivers of the respective counties pursuant to a plan approved by the State and the counties. As with drivers' and commercial drivers' licenses, the director of transportation shall retain such authority as necessary to ensure uniformity in the issuance of identification cards.

All such personnel transferred shall transfer without loss of salary, seniority, prior service credits, vacation, sick leave, or other employee benefits or privileges as a consequence of such transfer.

In the event that an office or position held by any employee having tenure is affected by workload changes or is abolished, such employee shall not thereby be separated from public employment but shall remain in the employment of the State in accordance with the civil service law, the applicable bargaining unit contract, or the state personnel rules and regulations, whichever is applicable.

SECTION 10. All records, equipment, files, supplies, contracts, books, papers, documents, appropriations, balances in the state identification revolving fund and other property theretofore made, used, acquired, or held by the department of the attorney general in connection with non-drivers' identification cards shall be transferred with the functions to which they relate to the director of transportation or the respective counties, as the case may be.

SECTION 11. No suit or prosecution relating to the subject matter of this Act pending at the time this Act takes effect shall be affected by this Act.

SECTION 12. All laws and parts of laws heretofore enacted that are in conflict with the provisions of this Act are hereby amended to conform herewith.

SECTION 13. This Act shall be liberally construed to accomplish the purposes set forth in section 1. Any portion of this Act judicially declared to be invalid shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Act.

SECTION 14. In codifying the new sections added to chapter 286, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by section 2 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in the designations of, and references to, those new sections in this Act.

SECTION 15. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 16. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2013.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST


 


 

Report Title:

Civil Identification

 

Description:

To make the Director of Transportation responsible for the non-driver's identification card program for the State of Hawaii and to have the non-drivers' identification cards issued by the examiners of drivers in each county to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, division B of Public Law No. 109-13, by January 15, 2013.

 

 

 

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