2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Allow person to designate invisible disability on operator's license
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
September 21, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Testin, Olsen,
Feyen, Harsdorf and
L. Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Quinn,
Brandtjen, E. Brooks, R. Brooks, Brostoff, Edming, Felzkowski, Hutton,
Jagler, Kremer, Krug, Mursau, Steffen, Subeck, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt
and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
1An Act to amend
343.50 (4); and
343.14 (2) (k) and 343.14 (8) of the 2
statutes; relating to: reporting on an operator license or identification card
3application the existence of a disability that is not immediately apparent to
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows an applicant for a motor vehicle operator's license or
identification card issued by the Department of Transportation to indicate whether
he or she has a disability that may not be immediately apparent to another (invisible
disability). If a law enforcement officer or other designated person requests
information on a person's operator's license or identification card application, DOT
must examine its record of persons who have indicated an invisible disability and
advise the law enforcement officer or other person as to whether the person is
recorded as a person who has indicated an invisible disability.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
343.14 (2) (k) of the statutes is created to read:
(k) A question as to whether the applicant wishes to indicate that 3
he or she has a disability that may not be immediately apparent to another. The form 4
shall include the following statement together with a set of check boxes allowing a 5
person to indicate that the person wishes to disclose the condition indicated by the 6
check box. “I have an invisible disability that I wish to disclose to law enforcement 7
officers and that may include:
Appears deaf or unable to understand.
Has difficulty speaking or communicating.
Engages in repetitive or self-stimulating behaviors such as rocking or hand 11
Appears anxious, nervous, or upset.
Becomes agitated due to physical contact or stressful situations.
Acts indifferent or unresponsive.
Other (provide brief description).” The department shall inform the applicant 16
that an indication under this paragraph will be available to law enforcement officers 17
and employees of the department.
343.14 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
The department shall maintain a record of applicants who respond 20
in the affirmative to the question under sub. (2) (k). In the event of a request of a law 21
enforcement officer or other appropriate person, as determined by the department,
for application information, the department shall examine its record of persons who 2
have indicated a disability that may not be immediately apparent to another and 3
shall advise the law enforcement officer or other person as to whether the person is 4
recorded as a person who has indicated a disability that may not be immediately 5
apparent to another and as to any condition that has been disclosed under sub. (2) 6
343.50 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
343.50 (4) Application.
The application for an identification card shall include 9
any information required under ss. 85.103 (2) and 343.14 (2) (a), (b), (bm), (br), (em), 10
(es), (gh), and
(j), and (k),
and such further information as the department may 11
reasonably require to enable it to determine whether the applicant is entitled by law 12
to an identification card. Except with respect to renewals described in s. 343.165 (4) 13
(d) or renewals by mail or electronic means as authorized under sub. (6), and except 14
as provided in sub. (4g), the department shall, as part of the application process for 15
original issuance or renewal of an identification card, take a digital photograph 16
including facial image capture of the applicant to comply with sub. (3). 17
Misrepresentations in violation of s. 343.14 (5) are punishable as provided in s. 18
(1) This act first applies to applications that are made on the effective date of 21
This act takes effect on the first day of the 6th month beginning after 24