HB 1337CS


1The Transportation Committee recommends the following:
3     Council/Committee Substitute
4     Remove the entire bill and insert:
A bill to be entitled
6An act relating to driver licenses; amending s. 322.18,
7F.S.; limiting the duration of licenses issued to certain
8applicants; providing expiration, examination, and renewal
9requirements for driver's licenses issued to persons over
10a specified age; providing renewal fee waivers for certain
11licenses; eliminating an age requirement relating to
12vision tests; requiring a vision test for all renewals of
13a license; providing for submission of test results by a
14physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist; requiring such
15submission prior to a licensee using certain renewal
16procedures; providing an effective date.
18Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
20     Section 1.  Paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) and
21paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (5) of section 322.18,
22Florida Statutes, are amended, and paragraph (f) is added to
23subsection (2) of that section, to read:
24     322.18  Original applications, licenses, and renewals;
25expiration of licenses; delinquent licenses.--
26     (2)  Each applicant who is entitled to the issuance of a
27driver's license, as provided in this section, shall be issued a
28driver's license, as follows:
29     (a)  An applicant applying for an original issuance shall
30be issued a driver's license which expires at midnight on the
31licensee's birthday which next occurs on or after the sixth
32anniversary of the date of issue. However, a driver's license
33may not be issued for a period that exceeds an applicant's 80th
34birthday, except as provided in paragraph (f).
35     (b)  An applicant applying for a renewal issuance or
36renewal extension shall be issued a driver's license or renewal
37extension sticker which expires at midnight on the licensee's
38birthday which next occurs 4 years after the month of expiration
39of the license being renewed, except that a driver whose driving
40record reflects no convictions for the preceding 3 years shall
41be issued a driver's license or renewal extension sticker which
42expires at midnight on the licensee's birthday which next occurs
436 years after the month of expiration of the license being
44renewed. However, a driver's license may not be issued for a
45period that exceeds an applicant's 80th birthday, except as
46provided in paragraph (f).
47     (f)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
48the driver's license of any person expires at midnight on the
49licensee's 80th birthday. A license issued to a person after
50that person's 80th birthday shall expire at midnight on the
51licensee's birthday that next occurs 4 years after the month of
52expiration of the license being renewed. A driver's license that
53expires pursuant to this paragraph may be renewed up to 12
54months before the 80th birthday if the applicant applying for
55renewal passes an eye and hearing examination as provided in s.
56322.121. Renewal fees for all driver's licenses that expire
57pursuant to this paragraph are waived if the applicant has a
58valid driver's license held for fewer than 4 years.
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 12 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     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2006.

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