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4670Ratification Number: 359Act Number: 282Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020206Primary Sponsor: HarrisonAll Sponsors: Harrison, Haskins and MartinDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\ggs\22307cm02.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020516Date of Last Amendment: 20020514Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20020528Subject: Drivers' licenses, issuance or renewal to non-U.S. citizensHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20020613 Act No. A282 ------ 20020528 Signed by Governor ------ 20020522 Ratified R359 House 20020516 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 20020514 Amended, read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 20020508 Read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments, carrying over all amendments to third reading Senate 20020502 Committee report: Favorable 15 ST Senate 20020328 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to Committee House 20020328 Read third time, sent to Senate House 20020326 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Thursday, 20020328 House 20020321 Co-Sponsor added (Rule 5.2) by Rep. Martin House 20020321 Committee report: Favorable 21 HEPW House 20020206 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on March 21, 2002 - Word format Revised on May 2, 2002 - Word format Revised on May 14, 2002 - Word format
(A282, R359, H4670)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PERSONS WHO MAY NOT BE ISSUED A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR HAVE THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWED, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT ALLOWS PERSONS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE PRESENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA ON A STUDENT VISA OR ON A WORK VISA OR THEIR DEPENDENTS TO OBTAIN A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR HAVE THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWED, TO DEFINE "RESIDENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA" FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY TO OBTAIN OR RENEW A DRIVER'S LICENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT RESIDENTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND THEIR DEPENDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO OBTAIN A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE RENEWED, TO PROVIDE THE EXPIRATION DATE FOR A DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS PROVISION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON PENDING ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS WHO PRESENTS APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SHALL BE GRANTED A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE WHICH IS RENEWABLE ANNUALLY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Driver's license issuance
SECTION 1. Section 56-1-40(7) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 497 of 1994, is further amended to read:
"(7) who is not a resident of South Carolina. For purposes of determining eligibility to obtain or renew a South Carolina driver's license, the term 'resident of South Carolina' shall expressly include all persons authorized by the United States Department of Justice, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, or the United States Department of State to live, work, or study in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis who present documents indicating their intent to live, work, or study in South Carolina. These persons and their dependents are eligible to obtain a motor vehicle driver's license or have one renewed pursuant to this provision. A driver's license issued pursuant to this item to a person who is not a lawful permanent resident of the United States shall expire on the later of: (1) the expiration date of the driver's license applicant's authorized period of stay in the United States; or (2) the expiration date of the driver's license applicant's employment authorization document. However, in no event shall a driver's license issued pursuant to this item expire less than one year or more than five years from the date of its issue. In addition, a person pending adjustment of status who presents appropriate documentation to the department shall be granted a one-year extension of his driver's license which is renewable annually."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 22nd day of May, 2002.
Approved the 28th day of May, 2002.
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