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  • Summary date: Apr 17 2019 - View Summary

    Amends GS 20-7 to require the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), regardless of the requirement that an applicant have a valid Social Security Number, to issue a Class C drivers license to an applicant who: (1) has limited legal status or is not lawfully present in the US; (2) provides a valid Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, a current passport issued by the United States or a foreign government, a valid, unexpired consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant's country of citizenship, or a community identification card issued by FaithAction International House or a member of its network; (3) completes the driver orientation course; (4) provides proof satisfactory to the Division of the applicant's residency in North Carolina for at least two years prior to the date of application; and (5) meets all other requirements for a drivers license, including proof of financial responsibility. This Class C license does not allow for the operation of a Class A or Class B fire-fighting, rescue, or EMS motor vehicle or any combination thereof. These restricted licenses expire on the birthday of the licensee in the second year after issuance and a renewal of a restricted drivers license expires two years after it is renewed. These licenses cannot be renewed remotely. Requires the DMV to set the fee for an initial license and sets the renewal fee at $30. Sets out requirements for the format of the license.

    Requires the DMV to establish and conduct, or use a nonprofit or community-based agency to do so,  driver orientation courses for persons seeking to qualify for a restricted drivers license. Requires attendees to pay a fee set by the DMV, not to exceed $100. Requires attendance in person and the course is required to be at least eight hours in total duration. Sets out topics that are to be included in the course, including an overview of the State's motor vehicle laws and instruction on how to properly interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. 

    Enacts new GS 20-10.2 to provide that information provided by an applicant in obtaining a restricted drivers license is not admissible in any criminal, civil, or immigration trial, action, or proceeding. 

    Effective October 1, 2019.