Oklahoma bill on rules for licenses sent to governor

| 4/23/2004

An Oklahoma resident seeking a hazardous materials endorsement on their driver’s license would be required to submit to a criminal background check under a bill sent to Gov. Brad Henry April 19.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation or the Federal Bureau of Investigation would perform the records check.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Nance, R-Bethany, was given final approval by the House April 15. It passed the Senate last month.

Under the proposal, the Department of Public Safety would be required to notify every commercial driving school of the proposed new law, and commercial driving schools would be required to notify their prospective students of the hazardous material endorsement requirement.

Nance said in a statement that the bill would bring Oklahoma into compliance with federal regulations that govern truck drivers.

HB1899 would also require men ages 16 to 25 to consent to sending their information to the Selective Service System when applying for a driver’s license.