Wyoming has new state laws for WYDOT Driver Services policies
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
July 14, 2020
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is implementing new and updated policies for Driver Services that will clarify driver license issues and provide ways to donate to conservation efforts.
Laws that went into effect on July 1 that impact Driver Services include original House Bill 005 (Driver Licenses and State Identification Cards), House Bill 007 (Commercial Learner’s Permits), and Senate File 0018 (Wildlife Conservation Efforts). Senate File 0004 (Wildlife Conservation Account) relates to WYDOT’s wildlife conservation plate Motor Vehicle Services oversees.
"These new laws improve upon existing policies, create new language that enables us to plan for the future and create the ability for us to accept donations for the state’s wildlife conservation fund," said WYDOT Director K. Luke Reiner. "We are always looking for ways to streamline our processes and institute changes that benefit the citizens of Wyoming. These changes enable us to be proactive and help the state with wildlife conservation efforts."
One of the provisions under House Bill 005 adds language indicating that if and when the state moves forward with a digital driver license, it can do so.
"We’re still researching the potential options for a digital solution," said Misty Dobson, WYDOT Driver Services program manager. "We are not currently offering this as an option to Wyoming residents because we are only in the very early stages of looking into this."
Besides the digital license language, the other provisions under the new law indicate that residents can only have one REAL ID compliant credential, which means they can either have a driver license or ID card, and that Driver Services can communicate by electronic means to residents once a system is in place.
House Bill 007 extends the expiration date of the commercial learner’s permit from 180 days to 365 days. This gives the applicant more time to complete all of the skills tests without having to return to Driver Services and start the process over. Previously, if an applicant only completed some of the skills tests within the 180 days, they would need to start over with all the skills tests.
The change in Wyoming also mirrors the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s change in February 2019.
Under Senate File 0018, WYDOT will now enable residents who are applying for or renewing their driver licenses or ID cards to make a donation to the state’s wildlife conservation efforts.