BILL NUMBER: AB 1908	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  166
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  AUGUST 23, 2010
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  AUGUST 23, 2010
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 5, 2010
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  MAY 13, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 11, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Cook and Carter

                        FEBRUARY 16, 2010

   An act to amend Sections 5068 and 5069 of the Vehicle Code,
relating to vehicles.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1908, Cook. Vehicles: specialized license plates: Veterans'
organizations.
   Under existing law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues
environmental and other specialized license plates, including
veterans' organization license plates. Those license plates are
required to have a distinctive design or decal. The issuance of those
license plates is subject to additional fees, the revenue from
which, less the DMV's costs, is required to be deposited in the
Veterans Service Office Fund, except that 1/2 of a specified
additional fee is required to be deposited in the California
Environmental License Plate Fund.
   Existing law requires money in the Veterans Service Office Fund to
be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the
Department of Veterans Affairs for allocation and disbursement to
counties for the operation of county veterans service offices.
   This bill would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to
modify the distinctive design or decal for those veterans'
organization license plates. The bill would authorize those newly
designed plates or decals to be issued only after all existing plates
or decals have been issued. The bill also would delete the
requirement that 1/2 of the specified additional fee be deposited in
the California Environmental License Plate Fund, and, instead, would
require all revenue from those additional fees, less the DMV's costs,
to be deposited in the Veterans Service Office Fund.
   The bill would require the DMV, by July 1, 2011, to maintain on
its Internet Web site, a link to order online the veterans'
organization license plates.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 5068 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
   5068.  (a) (1) (A) A veterans' organization may apply either
individually or with other veterans' organizations to meet the
application threshold set forth in Section 5060 for special interest
plates. An organization that meets the minimum application
requirement by applying with other organizations under this
subdivision shall be issued a regular license plate bearing a
distinctive design or decal approved under subdivision (a) of Section
5060.
   (B) The Department of Veterans Affairs may modify the distinctive
design or decal described in subparagraph (A), consistent with the
design criteria imposed by Section 5060. Special interest plates
issued under this section and bearing the modified design or decal
shall be issued only after all existing plates or decals have been
issued.
   (2) Special interest plates issued under this section may be
issued in a combination of numbers or letters, or both, requested by
the owner or lessee of the vehicle, to be displayed in addition to
the design or decal authorized under paragraph (1), subject to
Section 5105.
   (b) In addition to the regular fees for an original registration,
a renewal of registration, or a transfer of registration, the
following fees shall be paid by individuals applying for a veterans'
organization special interest license plate or decal:
   (1) Thirty dollars ($30) for the initial issuance of the plates
and decals. The plates shall be permanent and shall not be required
to be replaced.
   (2) Thirty dollars ($30) for each renewal of registration that
includes the continued display of the plates or decals.
   (3) Fifteen dollars ($15) for transfer of the plates to another
vehicle.
   (4) Thirty-five dollars ($35) for replacement plates, if they
become damaged or unserviceable.
   (5) Ten dollars ($10) for replacement decals, if they become
damaged or unserviceable.
   (6) Forty dollars ($40) for the personalization of the plates, as
authorized under paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
   (c) By July 1, 2011, the department shall maintain on its Internet
Web site, a link to order online the special interest plates issued
pursuant to this section.
  SEC. 2.  Section 5069 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
   5069.  Revenue derived from the additional special fees provided
in Section 5068, less costs incurred by the department pursuant to
this article, shall be deposited in the Veterans Service Office Fund,
created by Section 972.2 of the Military and Veterans Code.