New York bill would require updated driver's license photos

| 6/21/2006

The New York Senate has approved a bill that would require residents to pose for the state's cameras more frequently. The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

State law requires driver's licenses to be renewed every eight years. The driver's same photo can be carried over from each renewal period, the Hudson Valley News reported.

Sponsored by Sen. William Larkin, R-Cornwall, the bill would mandate that a new driver's license photo be taken either upon renewal or every eight years.

“Driver's licenses are now the nation's primary form of accepted identification,” Larkin said in a written statement. “But many of the photo images being used on licenses are out of date, and may only minimally resemble the individual. Requiring an up-to-date photo on each New York state driver's license is one of the many simple measures that can be taken to make sure that a driver's licenses remain an accurate and indisputable form of identification.”

The bill – S7143 – is in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.