MSHP Provides Synopsis of Some New Missouri Laws (Part 3 of 4)

September 16, 2019

The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law. Unless otherwise noted, these laws will go into effect August 28, 2019. The Patrol wishes to make the public aware of several of these new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education. For a complete description of these newly enacted laws, visit the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senate websites. Part 3 of 4.

The bill increases specified motor vehicle and trailer registration fees under Section 136.055 RSMo. The fees are increased as follows: (1) Licenses increase from $3.50 to $6 for annual and from $7 to $12 for biennial; (2) Transfer of title increases from $2.50 to $6; (3) Instruction permits, nondriver's, chauffeur's, operator's, and driver's licenses increase from $2.50 to $6; (4) Notice of lien processing increases from $2.50 to $6; and (5) Notary fee or electronic transmission per processing from $0 to $2.
This bill changes the due date for a payable annual registration fee for recreational trailers to December and defers any fee due in December 2019 to May 2020. Recreational trailers are defined in the bill (Sections 301.010 and 301.067 RSMo.).
This bill states if a person's license has been revoked because of a refusal to submit to a chemical test, the case may be assigned to a traffic judge.
This bill requires the director of the Department of Revenue to revoke a driver's license upon notification by a law enforcement officer that an individual was involved in a physical crash where his or her negligence contributed to his or her vehicle striking a worker or highway worker, as defined in the bill, within a properly designated construction or work zone, or substantially contributed to his or her vehicle striking an emergency responder within a properly designated active emergency zone. Required notice of the revocation shall be deemed received by the driver three days after mailing unless returned by the postal authorities.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSES (Sections 302.170, 302.720, and 302.768 RSMo.)

This act adds test score documents from Missouri commercial third-party tester examiners to an exemption from the prohibition against retaining certain driver's license application materials (Section 302.170.3(2) RSMo.). The act specifies that skills and written test waiver documents may be retained for commercial driver's instruction permits in addition to commercial driver's license applicants (Section 302.170.3(5) RSMo.).
The act provides that commercial driver instruction permits shall be nonrenewable, and lengthens, from six months to one year the period for which the permits are valid. This act increases from $5 to $10 the fee for a commercial driver instruction permit, and specifies that the fee for a duplicate shall be $5. This act also repeals a provision allowing for the issuance of a 30-day commercial driver instruction permit (Section 302.720.1 RSMo.).
The act specifies that applicants for a commercial driver license shall complete an entry-level driver training program as required under federal law (Section 302.720.2 RSMo.).
The director of revenue currently has the authority to waive the driving skills test for a commercial driver license for qualified military applicants. This act allows the director of revenue to also waive the written test, and to waive the skills and written tests for commercial driver's instruction permits. The act repeals the list of specific requirements an applicant must certify he or she meets, and specifies that the applicant shall meet all federal and state qualifications and shall be required to complete applicable tests that are not waived (Section 302.720.2(5) RSMo.).
Beginning December 1, 2019, the Department of Revenue shall certify as a third-party tester any private education institution or other private entity, provided the necessary qualifications are met (Section 302.720.6 RSMo.).
This act provides for the use of an electronic verification system, approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to receive medical examiner's certificates for commercial driver license issuance (Section 302.768.3 RSMo.).