HB 1337

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to driver licenses; amending s. 322.18,
3F.S.; eliminating an age requirement relating to vision
4tests; requiring a vision test for all renewals of a
5license; providing for submission of test results by a
6physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist; requiring such
7submission prior to a licensee using certain renewal
8procedures; limiting the duration of licenses issued to
9applicants in specified age ranges; amending s. 322.21,
10F.S.; providing a schedule of reduced renewal fees for
11persons who must renew specified licenses more frequently
12due to their age; providing an effective date.
14Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
16     Section 1.  Subsections (2) and (5) of section 322.18,
17Florida Statutes, are amended, and subsection (10) is added to
18that section, to read:
19     322.18  Original applications, licenses, and renewals;
20expiration of licenses; delinquent licenses.--
21     (2)  Except as limited by subsection (10), each applicant
22who is entitled to the issuance of a driver's license, as
23provided in this section, shall be issued a driver's license, as
25     (a)  An applicant applying for an original issuance shall
26be issued a driver's license which expires at midnight on the
27licensee's birthday which next occurs on or after the sixth
28anniversary of the date of issue.
29     (b)  An applicant applying for a renewal issuance or
30renewal extension shall be issued a driver's license or renewal
31extension sticker which expires at midnight on the licensee's
32birthday which next occurs 4 years after the month of expiration
33of the license being renewed, except that a driver whose driving
34record reflects no convictions for the preceding 3 years shall
35be issued a driver's license or renewal extension sticker which
36expires at midnight on the licensee's birthday which next occurs
376 years after the month of expiration of the license being
39     (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
40if an applicant establishes his or her identity for a driver's
41license using a document authorized under s. 322.08(2)(c)5., the
42driver's license shall expire in accordance with paragraph (b).
43After an initial showing of such documentation, he or she is
44exempted from having to renew or obtain a duplicate in person.
45     (d)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
46if an applicant establishes his or her identity for a driver's
47license using a document authorized in s. 322.08(2)(c)6. or 7.,
48the driver's license shall expire 2 years after the date of
49issuance or upon the expiration date cited on the United States
50Department of Homeland Security documents, whichever date first
52     (e)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
53an applicant applying for an original or renewal issuance of a
54commercial driver's license as defined in s. 322.01(7), with a
55hazardous-materials endorsement, pursuant to s. 322.57(1)(e),
56shall be issued a driver's license that expires at midnight on
57the licensee's birthday that next occurs 4 years after the month
58of expiration of the license being issued or renewed.
59     (5)  All renewal driver's licenses may be issued after the
60applicant licensee has been determined to be eligible by the
62     (a)  A licensee who is otherwise eligible for renewal and
63who is over 79 years of age:
64     1.  Must submit to and pass a vision test administered at
65any driver's license office; or
66     2.  Must, if the licensee applies for an extension by mail
67as provided in subsection (8), must submit to a vision test
68administered by a physician or ophthalmologist licensed under
69chapter 458 or chapter 459, or an optometrist licensed under
70chapter 463, no more than 6 months prior to the date of the
71application for extension, must send the results of that test to
72the department on a form obtained from the department and signed
73by such health care practitioner, and must meet vision standards
74that are equivalent to the standards for passing the
75departmental vision test. The physician, ophthalmologist, or
76optometrist may submit the results of a vision test by a
77department-approved electronic means.
78     (b)  A licensee who is over 79 years of age may not submit
79an application for extension under subsection (8) by electronic
80or telephonic means, unless the results of a vision test have
81been electronically submitted in advance by the physician,
82ophthalmologist, or optometrist.
83     (10)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
84an applicant 70 years of age or older on the date of application
85shall receive the original issuance or renewal to which he or
86she is otherwise entitled, but for no longer than the duration
87provided in this paragraph. The duration of a license issued to
88an applicant whose age is within any of the following ranges
89shall be as follows:
90     (a)  At least 70 but less than 80 years old       3 years.
91     (b)  At least 80 but less than 90 years old       2 years.
92     (c)  At least 90 years old       1 year.
93     Section 2.  Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
94322.21, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
95     322.21  License fees; procedure for handling and collecting
97     (1)  Except as otherwise provided herein, the fee for:
98     (c)  The renewal or extension of a Class E driver's license
99or of a license restricted to motorcycle use only is based on
100the duration of the license, as provided in s. 322.18(2) and
101(10), as follows:
102     1.  Four or 6 years      $15.
103     2.  Three years      $7.50.
104     3.  Two years      $5.
105     4.  One year      $2.50.
107$15, except that A delinquent fee of $1 shall be added for a
108renewal or extension made not more than 12 months after the
109license expiration date. The fee provided in this paragraph
110shall include the fee for driver's education provided by s.
112     Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2006.

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