House panel advances short-term driver's licenses

Jan 29, 2013 -- 10:20am

- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A House committee has advanced a bill allowing short-term drivers licenses for temporary residents. The House Committee on State Affairs sent HB1 to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Anchorage Republican Rep. Bob Lynn, would allow the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses that expire as soon as a temporary resident's authorization to live in the U.S. has finished. The measure would also require residents who are authorized to stay indefinitely to renew their license every year, but they would be allowed to renew their license by mail. Applicable renewal fees would be waived for the first five years. Under the current law, legal temporary residents are eligible to receive a license valid for five years regardless of the duration of their stay.

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