Section 8E of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following 2 paragraphs:-
The regulations establishing criteria for identification cards shall include a process for a person who is homeless or is an unaccompanied homeless youth to apply for a Massachusetts identification card and to waive any fees associated with obtaining the identification card; provided, however, that the process shall allow for a person who is homeless or is an unaccompanied homeless youth to submit proof of residency by providing documentation that is satisfactory to the registrar and that is: (i) from an entity that provides housing services or youth services in the commonwealth, including, but not limited to, homeless service providers; or (ii) evidence of services that the person received from a department, division, office or agency of the executive office of health and human services. The registrar and the state secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding under section 42G ½ of chapter 51 to implement this paragraph, as appropriate.
For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
“Homeless”, shall have the same meaning as in section 103 of the federal Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, 42 USC 11302, as amended.
“Unaccompanied homeless youth”, a person who: (i) is 24 years of age or younger; (ii) is not in the physical custody or care of a parent or legal guardian; and (iii) lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
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