The Assembly unanimously passed a bill Monday eliminating fees for New Jersey residents who request an updated driver’s license or identification card that shows they are organ donors.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus), Assembly members Angelica Jimenez, (D-West New York) and Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) sponsored the bill – then it went on to pass the state Senate. It’s now on it’s way to the governor’s desk.
Under the bill (A-374), the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission would be prohibited from imposing duplicate identification card fees and replacement driver’s license fees, including the digitized picture fee.
The cost of having a duplicate identification card or replacement license issued is $11, including the digitized picture fee.
According to Prieto, we should be doing everything we can to promote organ donation.
“Organ donation saves lives, and we shouldn’t be letting fees get in the way of it,” the Speaker says. “This bill is, quite simply, common sense.”
A person must first surrender his or her current ID card or license to the MVC in order to receive a replacement ID card or license.
“We need to encourage organ donation, not discourage it,” Jimenez says.