House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends proposed GS 20-7(q3) to no longer require the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to, at the request of a person with autism spectrum disorder, place a unique symbol on the front of the person's license. Makes conforming deletions. Now requires DMV, at the request of a person with autism spectrum disorder, to enter the designation into the electronic record of any motor vehicle registered in the same name of the person with the autism spectrum disorder.
Bill H 581 (2021)Summary date: May 11 2021 - View summary
Bill H 581 (2021-2022)Summary date: Apr 15 2021 - View summary
Enacts GS 20-7(q3) requiring the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to develop a drivers license designation that can be granted to a person with autism spectrum disorder, as defined by statutory cross-reference, upon request. Requires consultation with specified agencies. Establishes nine criteria and requirements applicable to the designation, including (1) placement of the unique symbol on the front of the person's license and electronic recordation of the designation with records associated with the person's license and motor vehicle registration, if applicable, (2) the requesting individual providing verification or documentation substantiating the diagnosis, as specified, (3) limiting use of the information collected for mutually safe interactions with law enforcement, and (4) developing a process for voluntary removal of the designation.
Amends GS 17C-6, concerning the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, and GS 17E-4, concerning the Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission, adding the following to the Commissions' powers regarding establishing minimum educational and training standards for employment and continuing education for criminal justice officers and officers, respectively. Now requires the minimum educational and training standards to include recognition and appropriate interaction with persons with autism spectrum disorder, and drivers license and vehicle registration identifiers of persons with autism spectrum disorder, including that the identifiers are optional.
Applies to drivers licenses issued on or after January 1, 2022.