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HOUSE BILL NO. 427
INTRODUCED BY J. BACHMEIER
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO ISSUE, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND IF CERTAIN CRITERIA ARE MET, ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSES AND ENHANCED IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS WHO RESIDE IN MONTANA TO FACILITATE TRAVEL BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA AND MEXICO; AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT TO CHARGE A FEE TO A RECIPIENT OF AN ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSE OR ENHANCED IDENTIFICATION CARD; ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT TO ADOPT RULES GOVERNING THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, THE FEE, AND THE BASIS FOR THE FEE; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE IF THE PROGRAM IS NOT IMPLEMENTED BY A CERTAIN DATE; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Authority to enter into travel document agreement with federal agency. The department of justice may enter into an agreement with the U.S. department of homeland security to facilitate the acceptance of an enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card issued by the department of justice to a qualified Montana resident who is a United States citizen as an acceptable document to denote identity and citizenship, as required under section 7209 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Public Law 108-458, for purposes of entering the United States from Canada and Mexico at land and sea ports of entry.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Issuance of enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card -- application process -- fees. (1) (a) The department may, upon request of an applicant and subject to an agreement entered into as provided in [section 1], issue an enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card to an applicant who is a Montana resident and a United States citizen and who is otherwise eligible for issuance or renewal of a driver's license, a commercial driver's license, or an identification card under Title 61, chapter 12, part 5, or this chapter.
(b) The department shall advise the applicant in writing that any enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card issued will have a machine-readable zone and an embedded radio frequency identification chip containing a unique reference number that, when read from up to 30 feet away, may be used by border crossing authorities to verify the bearer's identity against department records.
(c) The radio frequency identification chip may not contain any personal identifying information about the holder or any other information displayed on the front of the license or card.
(2) (a) A person who applies for a new or renewal enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card shall apply in person at one of the driver examination stations identified by the department for receipt and processing of the applications as provided in subsection (3).
(b) In addition to other conditions for issuance required in [section 3] and this section, the applicant must present for inspection and copying evidence sufficient to denote the applicant's identity and citizenship. The evidence must be verified in accordance with an agreement between the department and the U.S. department of homeland security entered into as provided in [section 1].
(3) The department may limit receipt and processing of the applications for enhanced driver's licenses and enhanced identification cards to one or more driver examination stations, starting in Helena.
(4) An employee of the department who is responsible for processing and issuing enhanced driver's licenses or enhanced identification cards shall provide the department with proof of the employee's United States citizenship and submit to a background check required by the U.S. department of homeland security.
(5) An application for an enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card must be accompanied by a payment of a fee not to exceed $40 for an enhanced driver's license or $20 for an enhanced identification card. The fee is in addition to the fees required in 61-5-111 and 61-12-504.
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Rulemaking authority. The department may adopt rules to:
(1) specify or clarify application requirements unique to issuance of an enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card; and
(2) establish the appropriate fee to be paid for an enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card, subject to the limit prescribed in [section 2(5)], based on:
(a) additional costs incurred by the department in producing or procuring through a contractor enhanced driver's licenses and enhanced identification cards that comply with the technology compatibility, security, and operational requirements for border protection established by the U.S. department of homeland security;
(b) additional costs incurred by the department or passed on to the department by a vendor in providing a protective sleeve for the enhanced driver's license or enhanced identification card that the holder may use to prevent the radio frequency identification chip from being read when the chip is not in use at a border crossing station;
(c) additional costs incurred by the department to conduct background checks acceptable to the U.S. department of homeland security on department employees who are authorized to issue or produce enhanced driver's licenses or enhanced identification cards; and
(d) other factors that affect the costs to the department of accepting applications for and issuing or renewing enhanced driver's licenses and enhanced identification cards.
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Treatment under state law. Except as provided in [sections 2 and 3], an enhanced driver's license must be treated the same and is subject to the same requirements, restrictions, and sanctions as a driver's license or commercial driver's license under state law.
NEW SECTION. Section 5. Report to legislature. If the department has not implemented a program to issue enhanced driver's licenses or enhanced identification cards on or before October 1, 2020, the department shall report to an appropriate interim committee of the legislature on its efforts to implement the program and shall describe the obstacles impeding implementation.
NEW SECTION. Section 6. Codification instruction. [Sections 1 through 5] are intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 61, chapter 5, and the provisions of Title 61, chapter 5, apply to [sections 1 through 5].
NEW SECTION. Section 7. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2020.
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