Report Title:

Motor Vehicle Driver Licensing

 

Description:

Requires applicants for driver licenses and instruction permits to submit proof that the applicant is legally in the United States. Further requires driver licenses or instruction permits of legal nonimmigrants to expire no later than the date of the legal nonimmigrant's authorized period of stay in the United States.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

134

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

Relating to motor vehicle driver licensing.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Section 286-104, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"286‑104 What persons shall not be licensed. The examiner of drivers shall not issue any license [hereunder:] to any person:

(1) [To any person whose] Whose license has been suspended by a court of competent jurisdiction during the suspension period, nor to any person whose license has been revoked until the expiration of one year after the date of the revocation, or until the expiration of the period of revocation specified by law, whichever is greater, except as provided under sections 286‑102.6(d) and 286-102.6(e) for suspensions and revocations of a provisional license; nor to any person who, while unlicensed, has within two years been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant or, prior to January 1, 2002, of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

(2) [To any person who] Who is required by this part to take an examination, unless the person has successfully passed the examination;

(3) [To any person who] Who is required under the motor vehicle financial responsibility laws of this State to deposit proof of financial responsibility and who has not deposited the proof;

(4) [To any person who] Who the examiner of drivers has good cause to believe would not be able to operate a motor vehicle with safety upon the highways by reason of physical or mental disability;

(5) [To any person who] Who is under eighteen years of age; provided that[:] a person:

(A) [A person who] Who is fifteen years and six months of age may be granted an instruction permit;

(B) [A person who] Who is at least sixteen and less than eighteen years of age may be granted a provisional license upon satisfying the requirements of section 286‑102.6;

(C) [A person who] Who is at least seventeen and less than eighteen years of age may be granted a license upon satisfying the requirements of section 286‑102.6, which license may be suspended or revoked by a judge having jurisdiction over the holder of the license. Upon revocation of the license, the person shall not be eligible to operate a motor vehicle on the highway until the person is eighteen years of age and has again satisfied the requirements of sections 286‑108 and 286‑109; or

(D) [A person who] Who is an emancipated minor may be granted a license upon satisfaction of all requirements of this chapter applicable to persons eighteen years of age or older; [or]

(6) [To any person who] Who is not in compliance with section 286‑102.5[.]; or

(7) Who does not submit proof, satisfactory to the director, that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized by federal law.

Any person denied a license under this or any other section of this part shall have a right of appeal as provided in section 286‑129."

SECTION 2. Section 286-106, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"286106 Expiration of licenses. Every driver's license issued under this part, except for a provisional license issued under section 286‑102.6 which shall expire on the date of the provisional licensee's nineteenth birthday, whether an original issuance or a renewal, shall expire on the first birthday of the licensee occurring not less than eight years after the date of the issuance of the license, unless sooner revoked or suspended; provided that [the]:

(1) The license shall expire on the first birthday of the licensee occurring not less than four years after the date of the issuance if, at the time, the licensee is twenty-four years of age or younger; [provided further that the]

(2) The license shall expire on the first birthday of the licensee occurring not less than two years after the date of the issuance of the license if, at that time, the licensee is seventy-two years of age or older[.]; and

(3) If the licensee is a legal nonimmigrant, the license shall expire no later than the licensee's authorized period of stay in the United States.

The examiner of drivers may issue a license for a shorter period if the licensee has a physical condition or conditions that the examiner of drivers reasonably believes may impair the driver's ability to drive."

SECTION 3. Section 286-110, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) If the examiner of drivers is satisfied that the applicant is qualified to receive an instruction permit, the examiner of drivers shall issue the permit entitling the applicant, while having the permit in the applicant's immediate possession, to drive a motor vehicle upon the highways for a period of one year; provided that [an]:

(1) An applicant who is registered in a driver training course shall be issued a temporary instruction permit for the duration of the course and the termination date of the course shall be entered on the permit[.]; and

(2) If the person is a legal nonimmigrant, the permit shall expire no later than the licensee's authorized period of stay in the United States.

A person who is not licensed to operate the category of motor vehicles to which the driving training course applies shall not operate a motor vehicle in connection with the driving training course without a valid temporary instruction permit."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on October 5, 2009.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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