Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre Passes Legislation to Protect Veterans from Unfair Driver’s License Fees

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Babylon) announced legislation she authored to refund standard license replacement fees to eligible veterans has passed the Assembly (A.6557). This is Jean-Pierre’s first bill to pass the Assembly since her election in November 2014.

“It’s important to show our gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre. “This legislation will help ensure veterans can update their driver’s licenses and access the vital community resources they deserve without the burden of paying any additional fees.”

Currently, eligible New York State residents can have their status as a veteran designated on their driver’s license, making it easier to access the many programs, benefits and discounts available to them (Ch. 487 of 2012). However, a standard $12.50 license replacement fee was initially charged to those who replaced their license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card prior to its expiration date.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has since been prohibited from charging veterans the additional fee, but many requested the distinguishing mark prior to this new law taking effect last year (Ch. 429 of 2014). Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre’s legislation would resolve issues with the law, allowing eligible veterans who paid for their replacement license to receive a refund. According to the DMV, nearly 11,000 veterans will be eligible for reimbursement.

“I’ll always fight to do what’s right for veterans and their families,” Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre said.