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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 8, 2021 01:03 PM
From: Representative Jennifer O'Mara
To: All House members
Subject: Increasing Access to Driver’s Licenses & ID Cards for Individuals Living with Disabilities
In Pennsylvania, thousands of individuals living with disabilities face enormous challenges performing everyday tasks that many able-bodied persons take for granted.  For those affected by disabilities and certain illnesses, important tasks such as applying for a driver’s license or identification card can be arduous, especially during a pandemic when renewing in person could unnecessarily place a vulnerable person at risk of adverse health effects.  That is why I am introducing legislation that would allow individuals with certain conditions to request PennDOT to issue a driver’s license or identification card using the most recent color photo and signature of the applicant on file. 
Renewing driver’s licenses and identification cards with a previous photo and signature was a temporary policy instated last year to reduce exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.  My legislation would amend Title 75 to make that administrative change permeant for individuals living with certain disabilities and chronic conditions including: blindness, limited mobility issues, lung disease, cardiac disease, and a few other conditions.  Individuals eligible for disabled veteran’s plates and placards would also qualify under my legislation.
We have all worked to help Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens navigate the challenges facing them during this public health crisis.  I encourage you to join me in continuing that support well into the future.  

Introduced as HB1631