130th Ohio General Assembly
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(122nd General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute House Bill Number 144)



AN ACT
To amend sections 4507.23 and 4507.24 of the Revised Code to exempt veterans who have a service-connected disability rated at 100% by the Veterans' Administration from payment of any application or service fees when obtaining a driver's license or motorized bicycle license, or fee for laminating such a license.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1 .  That sections 4507.23 and 4507.24 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 4507.23.  (A) Each Except as provided in division (H) of this section, each application for a temporary instruction permit and examination shall be accompanied by a fee of four dollars.

(B) Each Except as provided in division (H) of this section, each application for a driver's license made by a person who previously held such a license and whose license has expired not more than two years prior to the date of application, and who is required under this chapter to give an actual demonstration of the person's ability to drive, shall be accompanied by a fee of three dollars in addition to any other fees.

(C) Except as provided in division divisions (E) and (H) of this section, each application for a driver's license, or motorcycle operator's endorsement, or renewal of a driver's license shall be accompanied by a fee of six dollars. Each Except as provided in division (H) of this section, each application for a duplicate driver's license shall be accompanied by a fee of two dollars and fifty cents. The duplicate driver's licenses issued under this section shall be distributed by the deputy registrar in accordance with rules adopted by the registrar of motor vehicles.

(D) Each Except as provided in division (H) of this section, each application for a motorized bicycle license or duplicate thereof shall be accompanied by a fee of two dollars and fifty cents.

(E) Each Except as provided in division (H) of this section, each application for a driver's license or renewal of a driver's license that will be issued to a person who is less than twenty-one years of age shall be accompanied by whichever of the following fees is applicable:

(1) If the person is sixteen years of age or older, but less than seventeen years of age, a fee of seven dollars and twenty-five cents;

(2) If the person is seventeen years of age or older, but less than eighteen years of age, a fee of six dollars;

(3) If the person is eighteen years of age or older, but less than nineteen years of age, a fee of four dollars and seventy-five cents;

(4) If the person is nineteen years of age or older, but less than twenty years of age, a fee of three dollars and fifty cents;

(5) If the person is twenty years of age or older, but less than twenty-one years of age, a fee of two dollars and twenty-five cents.

(F) Neither the registrar nor any deputy registrar shall charge a fee in excess of one dollar and fifty cents for laminating a driver's license or motorized bicycle license as required by sections 4507.13 and 4511.521 of the Revised Code. A deputy registrar laminating a driver's license or motorized bicycle license shall retain the entire amount of the fee charged for lamination, less the actual cost to the registrar of the laminating materials used for that lamination, as specified in the contract executed by the bureau for the laminating materials and laminating equipment. The deputy registrar shall forward the amount of the cost of the laminating materials to the registrar for deposit as provided in this section.

(G) At the time and in the manner provided by section 4503.10 of the Revised Code, the deputy registrar shall transmit the fees collected under divisions (A), (B), (C), (D), and (E), and those portions of the fees specified in and collected under division (F) of this section to the registrar. The registrar shall pay two dollars and fifty cents of each fee collected under divisions (A), (B), (C), (D), and (E)(1) to (4) of this section, and the entire fee collected under division (E)(5) of this section, into the state highway safety fund established in section 4501.06 of the Revised Code, and such fees shall be used for the sole purpose of supporting driver licensing activities. The remaining fees collected by the registrar under this section shall be paid into the state bureau of motor vehicles fund established in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code.

(H) A disabled veteran who has a service-connected disability rated at one hundred per cent by the veterans' administration may apply to the registrar or a deputy registrar for the issuance to that veteran, without the payment of any fee prescribed in this section, of any of the following items:

(1) A temporary instruction permit and examination;

(2) A new, renewal, or duplicate driver's or commercial driver's license;

(3) A motorcycle operator's endorsement;

(4) A motorized bicycle license or duplicate thereof;

(5) Lamination of a driver's license or motorized bicycle license as provided in division (F) of this section, if the circumstances specified in division (H)(5) of this section are met.

if the driver's license or motorized bicycle license of a disabled veteran described in division (H) of this section is laminated by a deputy registrar who is acting as a deputy registrar pursuant to a contract with the registrar that is in effect on the effective date of this amendment, the disabled veteran shall be required to pay the deputy registrar the lamination fee provided in division (F) of this section. if the driver's license or motorized bicycle license of such a disabled veteran is laminated by a deputy registrar who is acting as a deputy registrar pursuant to a contract with the registrar that is executed after the effective date of this amendment, The disabled veteran is not required to pay the deputy registrar the lamination fee provided in division (F) of this section.

A disabled veteran whose driver's license or motorized bicycle license is laminated by the registrar is not required to pay the registrar any lamination fee.

An application made under division (H) of this section shall be accompanied by such documentary evidence of disability as the registrar may require by rule.

Sec. 4507.24.  (A) Each Except as provided in division (B) of this section, each deputy registrar may collect a fee not to exceed the following:

(1) Three dollars and twenty-five cents for each application for renewal of a driver's license received by him the deputy registrar, when the applicant is required to submit to a screening of his THE APPLICANT'S vision under section 4507.12 of the Revised Code;

(2) Two dollars and twenty-five cents for each application for a driver's license, or motorized bicycle license, or for renewal of such a license, received by him the deputy registrar, when the applicant is not required to submit to a screening of his the applicant's vision under section 4507.12 of the Revised Code.

(B) The fees prescribed by division (A) of this section shall be in addition to the fee for a temporary instruction permit and examination, a driver's license, a motorized bicycle license, or duplicates thereof, and shall compensate the deputy registrar for his the deputy registrar's services, for office and rental expense, and for costs as provided in division (C) of this section, as are necessary for the proper discharge of his the deputy registrar's duties under sections 4507.01 to 4507.39 of the Revised Code.

A disabled veteran who has a service-connected disability rated at one hundred per cent by the veterans' administration is required to pay the applicable fee prescribed in division (A) of this section if the disabled veteran submits an application for a driver's license or motorized bicycle license or a renewal of either of these licenses to a deputy registrar who is acting as a deputy registrar pursuant to a contract with the registrar that is in effect on the effective date of this amendment. The disabled veteran also is required to submit with the disabled veteran's application such documentary evidence of disability as the registrar may require by rule.

A disabled veteran who submits an application described in this division is not required to pay either of the fees prescribed in division (A) of this section if the disabled veteran submits the application to a deputy registrar who is acting as a deputy registrar pursuant to a contract with the registrar that is executed after the effective date of this amendment. The disabled veteran still is required to submit with the disabled veteran's application such documentary evidence of disability as the registrar may require by rule.

A disabled veteran who submits an application described in this division directly to the registrar is not required to pay either of the fees prescribed in division (A) of this section if the disabled veteran submits with the disabled veteran's application such documentary evidence of disability as the registrar may require by rule.

(C) Each deputy registrar shall transmit to the registrar of motor vehicles, at such time and in such manner as the registrar shall require by rule, an amount of each fee collected under division (A)(1) of this section as shall be determined by the registrar. The registrar shall pay all SUCH moneys so received by him into the state bureau of motor vehicles fund created in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code.

SECTION 2 .  That existing sections 4507.23 and 4507.24 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.

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