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Fuentes Measure to Ensure Disabled Access to Non-Driver Identification Advances

Assembly Panel Releases Measure Ensuring Equitable Treatment for Persons with Disabilities

(TRENTON) — The Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) that would require the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to implement procedures to facilitate the issuance of non-driver IDs to those unable to access MVC offices.

“Not everyone is capable of heading down to the Motor Vehicle to get their non-driver ID,” said Assemblyman Fuentes. “For some of our residents, mobility is tremendously difficult, or even harmful. These residents are entitled to proper identification just like anyone else.”

Currently, persons with disabilities so severe that they are unable to travel are limited in their means of acquiring identification. This can affect their access to care, services and medications vital to their health and well-being.

“It is our job to make services readily available to our residents,” Assemblyman Fuentes added. “This reform is long-overdue to protect the rights of all New Jersey citizens.”

Assembly Deputy Speaker John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), the chair of the transportation panel signed onto the bill as the second prime sponsor.