SB 919 - This act modifies provisions of law relating to licenses to operate motor vehicles.
COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES AND MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENTS
This act specifies that the Department of Revenue may retain documents submitted by a commercial driver's license applicant who is active duty or retired military if the documents allow for waiver of the commercial driver's license knowledge test, skills test, or both. (Section 302.170)
Currently, completion of a civilian or military motorcycle rider training course qualifies a license applicant for a waiver of the driving test requirement. This act expands the waiver to include the practical knowledge test, and specifies that course completion shall be accepted for purposes of motorcycle license or endorsement issuance for one year from the date of course completion. (Section 302.173)
The Director of Revenue currently has the authority to waive the driving skills test for a commercial driver's license for qualified military applicants. This act allows the Director of Revenue to also waive the knowledge test. The act lengthens, from 90 days to one year, how recently an applicant must have been employed in a qualifying military position in order to be eligible for the waivers. (Section 302.720)
These provisions are identical to HB 2497 (2018), and to provisions in CCS/HCS/SS/SB 881 (2018), HCS#2/SS#2/SCS/SB 1050 (2018), and SCS/HCS/HBs 2277 & 1983 (2018).
DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
This act changes, from "J88" to "DHH", the notation on a person's driver's license that indicates the person has a diminished capacity to discriminate speech when spoken in a normal conversational tone. The Department of Revenue may, by rule, elect to use the phrase "deaf or hard of hearing" in lieu of the "DHH" notation. (Section 302.174.1-2)
This act also requires the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to make an informational video in American Sign Language explaining deaf or hard of hearing license notations. A QR code linking to the video shall be posted conspicuously in every license office in the state. (Section 302.174.3)
These provisions are identical to HCS/HB 1572 (2018), and to provisions in SCS/HCS/HBs 2277 & 1983 (2018), SCS/SB 814 (2018), and HCS#2/SS#2/SCS/SB 1050 (2018).
ERIC VANDER WEERD