Rep. Canario introduces bill to exempt disabled, seniors from ID fees

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2018-H 7216) that would exempt disabled citizens and residents over 59 years old who cannot drive from paying a fee for identification cards issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

“Identification cards are necessary in so many different scenarios these days so it is vital that every resident has one.  This bill will help our disabled residents and seniors so that they may continue to live their lives and have proper proof of identification in the daily instances where an id card is required.  Many children and young adults are born with both intellectual and physical disabilities and many are on very limited if any income at all. This bill would help an awful lot of people in need,” said Representative Canario.

Any persons over 59 years old and those with disabilities who cannot operate a motor vehicle due to a disability would be exempt from the fee, provided that they do not have a valid driver’s license or are surrendering their driver’s license due to an inability to drive.

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