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 AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.
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.
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