AN ACT TO DIRECT THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO DEVELOP A DESIGNATION FOR DRIVERS LICENSES THAT MAY BE GRANTED UPON REQUEST TO A PERSON WITH AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Amends GS 20-7 to add to the special designations the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is required to develop for drivers licenses. Directs the DMV to develop a drivers license designation that can be granted to a person with intellectual or developmental disability, upon request. Requires consultation with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (Division). Details nine specifications required of the designation, including (1) placement of a unique symbol on the front of the person's license and symbol and descriptor upon their vehicle registration upon their request; (2) substantiation of the disability, as specified; and (3) development of a process for voluntary removal of the designation upon request of the individual. Specifies that the new designation does not authorize issuance of a license to ineligible persons under GS 20-9.
Amends GS 17C-6 and GS 17E-4 to add to the duties of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission. Requires the Commissions to establish minimum educational and training standards for employment and continuing education for criminal justice officers and officers concerning (1) recognizing and appropriately interacting with persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and (2) drivers license and vehicle registration identifiers of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including that the identifiers are optional.
Appropriates $10,000 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the DMV for the 2020-21 fiscal year to implement the act.
Effective January 1, 2021.