86R9233 BEE-D
  By: Johnson S.B. No. 538
  relating to the issuance of a driver's license or personal
  identification certificate to a youth experiencing homelessness.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter R, Chapter 521, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 521.4265 to read as follows:
  HOMELESSNESS. (a)  In this section, "youth experiencing
               (1)  means an individual who is at least 16 years of age
  and not older than 24 years of age and:
                     (A)  lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate
  nighttime residence; or
                     (B)  has a primary nighttime residence that is:
                           (i)  a supervised publicly or privately
  operated shelter designed to provide temporary living
  accommodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and
  transitional housing for the mentally ill;
                           (ii)  an institution that provides a
  temporary residence for individuals intended to be
  institutionalized; or
                           (iii)  a public or private place not
  designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping
  accommodation for human beings; and
               (2)  does not include an individual who is imprisoned
  or otherwise detained in a correctional facility at the time an
  application is submitted for a driver's license or personal
  identification certificate.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsections (f) and (i), a youth
  experiencing homelessness is entitled to an exemption from the
  payment of fees under this chapter for the issuance of a driver's
  license or personal identification certificate.
         (c)  For the purposes of this section, a person's status as a
  youth experiencing homelessness must be confirmed by a notarized
  affidavit from:
               (1)  a case manager employed by:
                     (A)  a homeless shelter or transitional housing
                     (B)  an organization that provides to youth
  experiencing homelessness or assists youth experiencing
  homelessness in obtaining services such as health services, mental
  or behavioral health services, substance abuse services, public
  assistance services, or employment services; or
                     (C)  a faith-based organization that provides
  benefits or services to youth experiencing homelessness;
               (2)  a peace officer who is an official homeless
  liaison; or
               (3)  a counselor or administrator at a school attended
  by the youth experiencing homelessness.
         (d)  A person may not charge a fee for the affidavit
  described by Subsection (c).
         (e)  An affidavit described by Subsection (c) may not be used
  for a driver's license or personal identification certificate
  application if the affidavit was signed more than 60 days before the
  date the application is submitted.
         (f)  Subsection (b) does not apply to a person subject to the
  registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal
         (g)  For each exemption granted under this section the
  department shall deposit to the credit of the Texas mobility fund an
  amount from the identification fee exemption account under
  Subsection (h) that is equal to the amount of the waived fee that
  would otherwise be deposited to the mobility fund.
         (h)  The identification fee exemption account is created as
  an account in the general revenue fund of the state treasury. The
  fund consists of grants and donations made to the department for the
  purposes of this section. The department shall administer the
  account. Money in the account may be appropriated for the purposes
  of Subsection (g).
         (i)  The department may not grant an exemption under this
  section if money is not available in the identification fee
  exemption account to meet the requirements of Subsection (g).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.