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Foster Children Driving Licenses

Concerning issuance of driving authorization documents to foster children who are under eighteen years of age, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. Section 1 of the bill clarifies that a minor who is at least 16 years of age can purchase auto insurance.

Section 2 exempts a foster child from being required, when being issued a driver's license, to have his or her foster parent or other legal guardian sign an affidavit of liability if the child holds evidence of financial responsibility in his or her own name. Section 2 also authorizes counties to provide a service that exempts foster children from needing a foster parent or other legal guardian to sign an affidavit of liability. The county may accept and expend gifts, grants, or donations to implement this program.

Under current law, a county must obtain the permission of a foster parent to help a foster child obtain an instruction permit without a responsible adult signing an affidavit of liability, but the county need not obtain this permission if the foster child is at least 17 1/2 years of age. Section 2 lowers this requirement to age 17.

Under current law, a foster child may obtain an instruction permit if enrolled in a driving school and the school retains the instruction permit at all times. The bill repeals this provision.

To be issued a driver's license, current law requires a minor to submit driving logs showing 50 hours of instruction. Section 3 allows any person who is at least 21 years of age and who holds a driver's license to sign a foster child's driving logs if the person provided the instruction.

Current law, with some exceptions, requires a person who is under 16 years of age and who was issued an instruction permit to be instructed in driving by the person who signed the affidavit of liability. Section 4 authorizes anyone who is at least 21 years of age and who holds a driver's license to instruct a foster child with a driving permit.

Section 5 directs the Transportation Legislation Review Committee to examine barriers to foster children meeting the 50-hour driving requirement while holding an instruction permit and to foster children obtaining automobile liability insurance.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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