Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1762
By: Green
Public Safety


Previous law authorized the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to adopt
rules to allow driver's license or personal identification card applicants
to pay certain fees by mail, telephone, Internet, or electric transaction
(other means) in an effort to minimize the wait  in drivers license offices
and reduce the inconvenience to the public.  However, the previous statute
may have been too specific to allow other transactions.  House Bill 1762
authorizes the expansion of DPS's e-commerce business process to allow
persons to apply for duplicate driver's licenses and submit requests for
information by other means. 


It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking
authority is expressly delegated to the Department of Public Safety in
SECTION 1 (Section 521.0485, Transportation Code), SECTION 2 (Section
521.146, Transportation Code), and SECTION 3 (Section 411.0135, Government
Code) of this bill. 


House Bill 1762 amends the Transportation and Government codes relating to
the release of certain driver's license holder information and the issuance
of duplicate and corrected licenses.  The bill authorizes the Department of
Public Safety (DPS) by rule to provide that the holder of a driver's
license issued by DPS may submit a request for certain information,
including on a violation or accident information of a drivers license
holder by mail, telephone, over the Internet, or by other electronic means.

The bill deletes the requirement that a person applying for a corrected
driver's license or certificate must provide satisfactory proof to DPS that
the driver's license or certificate was lost or destroyed.  DPS, by rule,
may provide that the holder of a driver's license or identification
certificate issued by DPS is authorized to apply for the issuance of a
duplicate license or certificate by  mail, telephone, over the Internet, or
by other electronic means.   

H.B. 1762 also amends the Government Code to authorize DPS to adopt rules
regarding the method of payment of any fee or charge that is imposed or
collected by DPS.  

September 1, 2001.