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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 123 would make it easier for foster children and homeless and unaccompanied youths to apply for and obtain state IDs. The bill would allow children who fall into the category of "homeless child or youth" to provide a birth certificate and proof of U.S. citizenship as a valid proof of identity rather than providing a proof of residence during their application process. HB 123 would also allow the use of school district address where the child or youth attends school, the shelter or housing development where the child is residing, or the address of the Department of Family and Protective Services where a social worker offices as a valid address rather than listing an official domicile.
Under HB 123, the Department of Public Safety would be able to issue an ID to one of these children or youth without the signature of an adult. In addition, HB 123 would exempt these youths from any fees related to the application process.