Recent State Legislative Activity

Click this page to see a list of state bills and their current status relating to improving policies for foster youth to obtain driver's licenses and permits. 

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Nebraska LB 226

LB 226 allows youth in foster care who are over the age of 16 to contract for the purpose of purchasing a car or obtaining motor vehicle insurance, waives the fee for foster youth to obtain a driver's license or state ID, and allows caregivers to give permission to youth in their care to obtain a driver's permit. The bill also specifies that during the transitional planning for a foster youth over 14, information, planning and assistance should be provided to the youth on obtaining a driver's license. 

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Kentucky HB 192

HB 192 allows for foster youth under the age of 18 to apply for an instruction permit without the signature of a parent or legal guardian. The application may be signed by 1) an extended family member, 2) a foster parent, 3) an adult over the age of 18 who is willing to assume responsibility for the applicant, or 4) the applicant may sign for his/her self with proof of financial responsibility.

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Florida HB 997

HB 217 authorizes Florida’s Road-to-Independence program to pay for a child in out-of-home care to complete a driver’s education program and obtain a driver’s license. The bill also revises Florida’s Road-to-Independence Program to make it permanent.

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Georgia HB 974

HB 974 allows for youth who are in the care/custody/control of the Department of Human Services to apply for an instructional permit or driver’s license as a minor with the signature of another responsible adult or employee of child-caring institution or group-care facility.

Indiana SB 366

SB 366 allows an individual who is at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age and is under the care and supervision of the department of child services to: (1) obtain an identification card, learner's permit, or operator's license without paying a fee; (2) contract for a policy of motor vehicle insurance; and (3) complete driving practice with individuals approved by the department

Arizona SB 1341

SB 1341 expands existing law to permit minors who are: 1) at least 16 years of age, 2) have taken a driver safety course, and 3) are in foster care, to buy their own auto insurance.

South Carolina HB 3322

HB 3322 establishes a program for youth ages 15-18 who reside in out of home care to pay the costs of 1) driver’s education program, 2 ) the driver’s license fee, 3) motor vehicle insurance, 4) and additional costs related to becoming a legal authorized driver.

Washington SB 5663

SB 5663 allows the department to contract with a non-profit organization that will provide support to foster (youth ages 15-21) in navigating the driver’s license process. Support must include 1) reimbursement of permit/license fees, 2) reimbursement of driver education course fees, 3) Reimbursement of the increase in motor vehicle liability insurance costs incurred by foster parents, relative placements, or other foster placements adding a foster youth to his or her motor vehicle liability insurance policy.