Senate Bill 197 History
Senate Bill No. 197
(By Senator Hunter)
[Introduced January 10, 2008; referred to the Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure; and then to the Committee on
A BILL to amend and reenact §17B-2-8 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to requiring the county of
residence to be contained on a driver's license.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17B-2-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE, EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.
§17B-2-8. Issuance and contents of licenses; fees.
(a) The division shall, upon payment of the required fee,
issue to every applicant qualifying therefor a driver's license,
which shall indicate the type or general class or classes of
vehicle or vehicles the licensee may operate in accordance with
this chapter or chapter seventeen-e of this code, or
motorcycle-only license. Each license shall contain a coded number
assigned to the licensee, the full name, date of birth, residence
address, including county of residence,
a brief description and a
color photograph of the licensee and either a facsimile of the
signature of the licensee or a space upon which the signature of
the licensee shall be written with pen and ink immediately upon
receipt of the license. No license is valid until it has been so
signed by the licensee: Provided,
that the commissioner may issue
upon proper documentation, a duplicate or renewed valid
without-photo license for resident applicants temporarily
out-of-state. A driver's license which is valid for operation of
a motorcycle shall contain a motorcycle endorsement. The division
shall use such process or processes in the issuance of licenses
that will, insofar as possible, prevent any alteration,
counterfeiting, duplication, reproduction, forging or modification
of, or the superimposition of a photograph on, the license.
(b) The fee for the issuance of a Class E driver's license is
two dollars and fifty cents per year for each year the license is
issued to be valid. The fee for issuance of a Class D driver's
license is six dollars and twenty-five cents per year for each year
the license is issued to be valid. An additional fee of fifty
cents shall be collected from the applicant at the time of original
issuance or each renewal and the additional fee shall be deposited
in the "Combined Voter Registration and Driver's Licensing Fund,"
established pursuant to the provisions of section twelve, article
two, chapter three of this code. The additional fee for adding a
motorcycle endorsement to a driver's license is one dollar per year
for each year the license is issued.
The fee for issuance of a motorcycle-only license is two
dollars and fifty cents for each year for which the motorcycle
license is to be valid. The fees for the motorcycle endorsement or
motorcycle-only license shall be paid into a special fund in the
State Treasury known as the Motorcycle Safety Fund as established
in section seven, article one-d of this chapter.
(c) On or after the first day of January, two thousand one,
the fee for the issuance of either the level one or level two
graduated driver's license as prescribed in section three-a of this
article is five dollars.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the county of
residence to be contained on driver's license.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would