97-S 0648A
Approved Jul. 3, 1997


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows

SECTION 1. Section 31-10-26 of the General Laws in Chapter 31-10 entitled "OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES" is hereby amended to read as follows:

31-10-26.Issuance of license. -- (a) The registry shall, upon payment of the required fee, issue to every applicant qualifying therefor, an operator's or chauffeur's license as applied for, which license shall be approximately two and one-half (2 1/2) inches wide and three and one-half (3 1/2) inches long and shall bear thereon a distinguishing number assigned to the licensee, the full name, date of birth, residence address, brief description of the licensee, a photograph of the licensee, whether the licensee has indicated a desire to donate tissue or organs pursuant to the provisions of chapter 18.6 of title 23, and either a space upon which the licensee shall write his or her usual signature with pen and ink or a facsimile of the signature of the licensee. No license shall be valid until it has been so signed by the licensee designated therein. A negative file of all photographs of licensees shall be maintained by the registry for a period of five (5) years.

(b) The registry shall issue special licenses to those licensees who have indicated that they desire to donate tissue or organs, which conform to the provisions of the Rhode Island Anatomical Gift Act in chapter 18.6 of title 23.

(c) Any person who is a law enforcement officer, meaning any permanently employed member of the state, city, or town police departments, the division of drug control of the state health department, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, members of the marshal's unit, capitol police, and the state fire marshal and deputy fire marshals of the division of fire safety, or a member of the department of attorney general, {ADDany permanently employed federal law enforcement officer assigned in Rhode Island, or any member of the United States Attorney's Office in Rhode IslandADD} or any employee of the R.I. department of corrections, as recommended by the Director of department of corrections, upon request of the applicant, shall be issued a license which contains the applicant's official business address in lieu of a resident address as required under the general provisions of this section.

(d) The license issued to a person applying for the first time shall be designated as a "first license." A first license shall be issued for a one year period after which time a permanent driver's license shall be issued according to this section.

(e) If, however, the person has been adjudicated for committing one moving motor vehicle violation or has been involved in a one reportable motor vehicle accident or any combination thereof, he or she shall be summoned for a hearing before an administrative judge of the state division of administrative adjudication at which time the driving record will be reviewed. The administrative judge shall determine if the person should be granted an operator's license, be reissued a first license, or be denied a license to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Rhode Island.

(f) Any person who is under the age of twenty-one (21) years shall, upon payment of the required fee and upon meeting the qualifications for the receipt of an operator's or chauffeur's license, be issued a license which shall be readily distinguishable in color from those licenses issued to persons who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older; provided, however, that whenever a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years to whom a license has been issued and whose license is in full force and effect, attains his or her twenty-first birthday, he or she shall be entitled to receive a new license of the type issued to persons who are older than the age of twenty-one (21) years from the registrar upon demand therefor at no expense. Every person shall supply to the registry satisfactory proof of his or her date of birth.

(g) The registry shall issue special licenses upon the request of a licensee which conform to the provisions of the Rhode Island Anatomical Gift Act in chapter 18.6 of title 23.

(h) The registry shall note in an appropriate manner a restriction on any person's license who is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock system as provided in chapter 27 of this title.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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