Measure to require updated NY driver's license photos quelled

| Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A bill that would have required New York residents to pose for the state’s cameras more frequently has died.

Sponsored by Sen. William Larkin, R-Cornwall, the bill remained in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee when the regular session wrapped up. The Senate previously approved it.

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.

The bill – S7143 – would have mandated that a new driver’s license photo be taken either upon renewal or every eight years.

Larkin said the issue is important because driver’s licenses are the nation’s primary form of accepted identification.

“But many of the photo images being used on licenses are out of date, and may only minimally resemble the individual.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,” Larkin said in a written statement.

The issue will have to wait until next year for reconsideration.

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