HB 1141 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1141
This bill changes the expiration date of drivers’ licenses to the last day of the licensee’s birth month.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [
in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten
AN ACT relative to expiration of drivers’ licenses.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 License Expiration. Amend RSA 263:10, I to read as follows:
I. Except as provided in RSA 263:14 and RSA 263:39-a, III, all licenses shall expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the fifth anniversary of the license holder’s date of birth following the date of issuance is observed. The department shall notify each holder of a license by mail addressed to the holder’s last known address, 30 days prior to the expiration date thereof of a place and time when he or she shall appear for the issuance of a new license.
2 Original and Youth Operators’ Licenses. Amend RSA 263:14, I-II(a) to read as follows:
I. The director, upon receiving proper application for an original driver’s license, may in the director’s discretion issue a license designated as an original, with such designation to be effective until midnight on the last day of the month in which the fifth anniversary of the license holder’s date of birth following the date of issuance is observed to allow such applicant to gain proper driving habits, attitudes, and experience.
II.(a) The director shall issue a youth operator’s license to applicants who are 16 years of age or older and under 21 years of age. The youth operator license shall expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the 21st anniversary of the applicant’s date of birth is observed. In addition to any other requirements established by law, no such license shall be issued to applicants under 18 years of age unless the applicant meets the requirements of RSA 263:17 or furnishes written consent from the applicant’s parent or legal guardian and a certificate of successful completion of a driver education course as provided in RSA 263:19.
3 Form of License. Amend RSA 263:40 to read as follows:
263:40 Form of License. The commissioner shall, upon payment of the required fee, issue to every applicant a driver’s license subject to such conditions as the commissioner may deem expedient and in such form as the commissioner may prescribe. Licenses issued to persons under the age of 21 shall be designed so that their horizontal and vertical axes are opposite the horizontal and vertical axes of licenses issued to other persons, and said licenses shall prominently display the date on which the licensee shall attain the age of 21 years. Consistent with RSA 263:14, the youth operator license shall expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the 21st anniversary of the applicant’s date of birth is observed, at which time the applicant shall be issued a traditional license. The license shall bear thereon a distinguishing number assigned to the licensee and an instant full-face color photograph, image, or likeness of the licensee. There shall also be provided a space wherein the licensee may enter his or her blood type if the licensee so desires.
4 Driver’s License Fees. Amend RSA 263:42, I to read as follows:
I. For each original driver’s license and examination or driver’s license renewal, other than for a commercial vehicle or motorcycle- $50; for each youth operator’s license and examination- $10 per year, not to exceed $50; for each license issued to a nonresident alien for less than 5 years- $10 per year or portion thereof; for each original commercial driver license and examination or commercial driver license renewal- $60; for each commercial driver license reexamination in a one-year period- $20; for each commercial vehicle endorsement, renewal of an endorsement, or removal of a restriction- $10; for each special motorcycle original license and examination or special motorcycle license renewal- $50; for each original motorcycle endorsement- $25; for each motorcycle endorsement renewal- no charge. For each original driver’s license issued, $5 shall be credited to the driver training fund established by RSA 263:52. Except as provided in RSA 263:14 and RSA 263:39-a, III, every license shall expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the licensee’s birthdate is observed in the fifth year following the issuance of such license. No fee collected under this paragraph shall be refunded once an examination has been taken or a license issued, except as provided in RSA 263:43.
5 License Expiration and Renewal. Amend RSA 263:93 to read as follows:
263:93 License Expiration and Renewal. The commercial driver license shall expire at midnight on the last day of the month in which the licensee’s birthdate is observed in the fifth year following the issuance of such license. When applying for renewal of a commercial driver license, the applicant shall complete the application form as specified in RSA 263:90 and shall provide updated information and required certifications. If the applicant wishes to retain a hazardous materials endorsement, the written test for a hazardous materials endorsement shall be taken and passed.
6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.