WEST virginia Legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2784
By Delegate Canestraro
[ Introduced January 31, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on Technology and Infrastructure then Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17B-2-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to extending the expiration of driver's licenses for active military members’ spouses; permitting the spouse to renew his or her license from wherever he or she is located and need not be in person; and authorizing rule making.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 2. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE, EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.
§17B-2-12. Expiration of licenses.
(a) Except as provided in
subsection (c) §17B-2-12
(b) and §17B-2-12(c) of this code, every driver's license expires eight years
from the date of its issuance.
(b)(1) Every driver's license issued to a person who has attained his or her 21st birthday expires on the licensee's birthday. The commissioner may modify the expiration date of any license as necessary to effectuate the transition from the five-year renewal cycle to an eight-year renewal cycle as he or she considers necessary.
(2) Every driver's license issued to a person who has not attained his or her 21st birthday expires 30 days after the licensee's 21st birthday, except as provided in §17-2-3a of this code.
(3) The driver's license of any
person in the Armed
Forces expires member of the United States Armed Forces and that of his
or her spouse expires six months after the date on which the person member
is separated from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable
circumstances. Additionally, the member’s spouse does not have to renew his
or her license in person, it may be renewed wherever he or she may be located.
The commissioner shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance
with §29A-3-1 et seq. of this code to implement this subsection.
(c) A license issued to a person who is not a citizen of the United States may only be issued for the time the person is legally authorized to be in the United States, not to exceed eight years. If the time the person is authorized to be in the United States is extended, the commissioner may renew the license in accordance with §17A-2-12aof this code for the time extended, not to exceed eight years.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to extend the expiration of the driver's licenses of military members’ spouses. The bill permits the spouse to renew his or her license from wherever located. The bill authorizes rule making.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.