2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 21, 2018 - Introduced by Representatives Crowley, C. Taylor, Fields,
Anderson, Vruwink, Zepnick, Zamarripa and Ohnstad, cosponsored by
Senators Johnson and Miller. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to amend
343.18 (1); and to create
343.17 (7) and 343.21 (1) (Lm) of the 2
statutes; relating to: electronic copies of operators' licenses.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows the Department of Transportation to issue a copy of an
operator's license in an electronic format to the person to whom the operator's license
Under current law, a licensee must have his or her license document in his or
her immediate possession when operating a motor vehicle and must display the
license document upon demand from a traffic officer. Under this bill, the license
document may be produced in either printed or electronic format.
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:
343.17 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
343.17 (7) Electronic copy.
The department may issue a copy of an operator's 5
license in an electronic format to the person to whom the operator's license is issued.
343.18 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
Every licensee shall have his or her license document in his or her 2
immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle and shall display 3
the license document upon demand from any judge, justice, or traffic officer. The
4license document required under this subsection may be displayed in either printed
5or electronic format, including by display of electronic images on a cellular telephone
6or other electronic device. If the license document is displayed in electronic format
7on any cellular telephone or other electronic device, the traffic officer may not view,
8and displaying a license document in electronic format is not considered consent for
9the traffic officer to view, any content on the telephone or other device except the
10license document required under this subsection.
343.21 (1) (Lm) of the statutes is created to read:
(Lm) For a copy of an operator's license under s. 343.17 (7), $10.