This document summarizes the current state laws on vital records pertaining to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Please contact Patricia Julianelle to share information about other state laws on vital records and youth experiencing homelessness.

Indiana
SB 464 (2019) will:

  • Allow unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness age 16 and older to apply for a driver’s license, obtain a state ID, and obtain a copy of their birth certificates without parental consent and without a fee.

*Passed House unanimously; passed Senate; signed by governor, 2019.

Kentucky
HB 378 (2019) will:

  • Waive birth certificate fees for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

*Passed House and Senate unanimously; signed by governor, 2019.

Missouri

SB 826 / HB 1286 (2020) will:

  • Waive birth certificate fees for parents and guardians of homeless children and youth, and for unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Allow unaccompanied youth to obtain birth certificates without parental consent.

*Incorporated by amendment into HB 1414, passed both legislative chambers; signed by governor, 2020.

Nevada
AB 363 (2019) will:

  • Provide a one-time fee waiver for state ID cards and driver licenses for homeless youth under age 25.
  • Provide birth certificates at no cost to homeless youth, their school district liaisons, and their social workers.
  • Allow unaccompanied youth to obtain statements of birth at no cost for the purpose of admission to school or securing employment.
  • Waive driver’s license test fees for homeless youth.

*Passed Assembly and Senate unanimously; approved by governor, 2019.

Utah
HB 465 (2019) will:

  • Waive birth certificate fees and photo ID fees for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

*HB 465 passed as an amendment to HB 371; signed by governor, 2019.

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