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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 17, 2016 02:45 PM
From: Representative Jason Dawkins
To: All House members
Subject: Waiving the Identification Card Fee for Homeless, Low-Income, or Disabled Citizens

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation which would require the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to waive the identification card fee when the applicant is homeless, low-income, or disabled.

Currently, an identification card issued by PennDOT costs $28.50. For those applicants who are struggling to get by, this fee can represent a significant obstacle. Without an identification card, it becomes far more difficult for struggling individuals to lift themselves out of poverty either by finding a job, applying for assistance programs, or enrolling in school. By waiving this $28.50 fee for those who are homeless or low-income, we can assist our struggling population in acquiring the tools they need to succeed. Under my bill, PennDOT will be required to waive the $28.50 identification card fee when the applicant can demonstrate that they are homeless or low-income.

Additionally, my bill will also waive the $28.50 fee when the applicant is disabled. Currently, PennDOT waives this fee if an applicant needs an identification card after surrendering their driving privilege for physical or mental health reasons that may affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. However, those individuals who are disabled, but have never had a driver’s license, do not receive the same courtesy and must pay the fee. By waiving the $28.50 identification card fee for all disabled applicants, we can correct for this discrepancy.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB2033