The Legislature finds and declares that the penalties associated with noncompliance are severe, including, but not limited to, a felony conviction and forfeiture of the ability to seek state employment from certain state agencies and departments. In addition, failure to register may permanently preclude the violator from acquiring many federal benefits, such as federal employment, including employment with the United States postal service, federal and state student financial assistance, participation in federally funded job training programs and eligibility for United States citizenship for immigrants seeking citizenship.
Therefore, in recognition of the severe consequences of noncompliance and the importance of helping ensure that any future draft is fair and equitable, it is the intent of the Legislature to notify state residents of their responsibility to register with selective service and to provide them the opportunity to register concurrent with applying for a driver's license or identification card.
§17B-2A-2. Compliance with registration requirements of Military Selective Service Act.
For each application for the issuance, renewal or duplicate of an instruction permit, a driver’s license, a professional driver’s license, a commercial driver’s license or an identification card by which those persons required to register in compliance with the requirements of section three of the Military Selective Service Act, 50 U. S. C. App. 451, et seq., the division shall automatically enroll persons required to register who have not previously registered and shall forward required information to the selective service system. The signature on the application may serve as his or her consent to registration with the selective service system.Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session