H. B. 2149
(By Delegates Hamilton, Longstreth, Azinger, A. Evans,
Rowan, Anderson, Ferro, Ireland and Iaquinta)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the
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.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17B-2-12 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-2-12. Expiration of licenses.
(a) Except as provided in
subsection subsections (b) and (c)
of this section, every driver's license shall expire five years
from the date of its issuance.
(b)(1) Every driver's license issued to a person who has
attained his or her twenty-first birthday shall expire on the
licensee's birthday in those years in which the licensee's age is
evenly divisible by five. Except as provided in the following
subdivisions and in subsection (c) of this section, no driver's license may be issued for less than three years or for more than
seven years and shall be valid for a period of five years, expiring
on the licensee's birthday in a year in which the licensee's age is
evenly divisible by five.
(2) Every driver's license issued to a person who has not
attained his or her twenty-first birthday shall expire thirty days
after the licensee's twenty-first birthday, except as provided in
section three-a of this article.
(3) The driver's license of any
person in the member of United
States Armed Forces and that of his or her spouse shall expire six
months after the date on which the person member is separated from
active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable circumstances.
(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 five 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
section twelve-a of this article for the time extended, not to
exceed five years.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to extend the expiration of
the driver's licenses of military members' spouses.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would