General Laws

Section 8E. Any person 14 years of age or older who does not have a valid license to operate motor vehicles may make application to the registrar of motor vehicles and be issued an identification card by the registrar and attested by the registrar as to true name, correct age, photograph and other identifying data as the registrar may require. Every application for an identification card shall be signed and verified by the applicant and shall contain such bona fide documentary evidence of the age and identity of such applicant as the registrar may require. The registrar shall require payment of a fee, to be determined annually by the commissioner of administration under the provision of section three B of chapter seven at the time application for an identification card is made.

Each applicant shall be asked in writing whether he wishes to become an organ or tissue donor in the application. The registrar shall provide to federally designated organ procurement organizations and other federally registered nonprofit eye and tissue banks serving the commonwealth access to names, dates of birth and other pertinent information of such identification holders in the same manner as provided for licensed drivers under section 8D.

An identification card or any renewal thereof issued under this section shall expire on an anniversary of the date of birth of the person to whom the identification card was issued, occurring more than 12 months but not more than 60 months after the effective date of the identification card. The anniversary date for an identification card issued to an applicant born on February 29 shall be March 1.

An identification card shall include the word ''Veteran'' upon presentation of sufficient evidence, as determined by the registrar, that a person is a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4. A fee for a card that includes the word ''Veteran'' shall be equal to or less than the fee required for a card without such designation.

Any fees associated with applying for an amended identification for the purpose of obtaining a veteran's indicator shall be equal to or less than the fee required for an identification without such designation and may be waived for any veteran over the age of 70.

An applicant for the renewal of an identification card, who is required to have a new photograph appear on the card upon renewal, may be granted a 1?year extension of the use of the applicant's current card photograph if the applicant presents documentation by a licensed physician that the applicant has undergone medical treatment for an illness resulting in temporary changes to the physical characteristics of the applicant that would be apparent in an image captured by the registrar; provided, however, that the applicant shall obtain a new photograph within 1 year of the extension.