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HB19-1023

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.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
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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