2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 47. Motor Vehicles
§47-6-107.3. Licenses or permits for persons under 18 - Enrollment in school required - Reading proficiency testing.

47 OK Stat § 47-6-107.3 (2014) What's This?

A. The Department of Public Safety shall deny a license, restricted license, or instruction permit for the operation of a motor vehicle to any person under eighteen (18) years of age who does not, at the time of application, present documentation that such person:

1.a.is a student enrolled in a public or private secondary school, including any technology center school, of this state or any other state,

b.has received a diploma or certificate of completion issued to the person from a secondary school of this state or any other state,

c.is enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a program leading to a Certificate of High School Equivalency issued by the State Department of Education, or has obtained such certificate,

d.is excused from such requirement pursuant to a lawful excuse as defined in subsection G of this section or due to circumstances beyond the control of the person, or

e.is excused from such requirement pursuant to subsection C of this section; and

2. Has successfully passed the criterion-referenced reading test required for all eighth grade students or an alternative reading proficiency test approved by the State Department of Education, pursuant to the provisions of Section 1210.515 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, demonstrating reading proficiency at the eighth-grade reading level, unless such student is excused from such requirement pursuant to the provisions of Section 1210.515 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Provided, during the summer months when school is not in regular session, as established by the school district pursuant to Section 1-109 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a person under eighteen (18) years of age may satisfy the documentation requirement of this subsection by providing a notarized written statement from and signed by the legal custodial parent or legal guardian of the person to the Department of Public Safety stating that the person completed the immediately previous school year and is enrolled or intends to enroll for the immediately subsequent school year.

B. 1. A person under eighteen (18) years of age who is receiving education by other means, including education at home pursuant to Section 4 of Article XIII of the Oklahoma Constitution, shall satisfy the documentation requirement of paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section by providing a written statement from and signed by the legal custodial parent or legal guardian of the person to the Department of Public Safety stating that the person is receiving instruction by other means pursuant to Section 4 of Article XIII of the Oklahoma Constitution.

2. Any person who falsifies the information required in such documentation, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

C. 1. A person under eighteen (18) years of age, who does not meet the requirements of subparagraphs a through c of paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section or the requirements of subsection B of this section, may retain or be issued a driver license if:

a.the person is employed at least twenty-four (24) hours per week, and

b.the employer of the person verifies the employment on a form prescribed by the Department of Public Safety.

2. Any person who has retained or been issued a driver license pursuant to this subsection who leaves such employment shall have fifteen (15) days from the date of termination of employment to provide verification of employment from a new employer.

3. Any employer who falsifies a verification of employment shall be subject to an administrative fine of not more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), to be assessed by the Department of Public Safety.

D. 1. School district attendance officers, upon request, shall provide a documentation of enrollment status form, established and approved by the Department of Public Safety, to any person under eighteen (18) years of age who is properly enrolled in a school for which the attendance officer is responsible, for presentation to the Department of Public Safety upon application for or reinstatement of an instruction permit, restricted license, or license to operate a motor vehicle.

2. Except as provided in subsection E of this section, whenever a person over fourteen (14) years of age and under eighteen (18) years of age, who has a driver license or permit issued by the Department of Public Safety, withdraws from school, the attendance officer shall notify the Department of Public Safety of such withdrawal through a documentation of enrollment status form.

3. Within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of such notice, the Department of Public Safety shall provide written notice to the person, by first class, postage prepaid mail, that the license of the person will be canceled thirty (30) days following the date the notice to the person was sent, unless documentation of compliance with the provisions of this section is received by the Department of Public Safety before such time. After the thirty-day period, the Department of Public Safety shall cancel the driving privileges of the person.

E. When the withdrawal from school of a person under eighteen (18) years of age is:

1. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the person;

2. Pursuant to any lawful excuse; or

3. For the purpose of transfer to another school, including education at home pursuant to Section 4 of Article XIII of the Oklahoma Constitution, as confirmed in writing by the legal custodial parent or legal guardian of the person,

no notice as required by subsection D of this section shall be sent to the Department of Public Safety, or, if sent, such notice shall be disregarded by the Department of Public Safety. If the person is applying for a license, restricted license, or instruction permit, the attendance officer shall provide the person with documentation to present to the Department of Public Safety to excuse the person from the requirements of this section.

F. Every school district shall, upon request, provide documentation of reading proficiency for any person under eighteen (18) years of age enrolled in such school district by certifying passage of a reading examination pursuant to the provisions of Section 1210.515 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

G. As used in Sections 6-107.3 through 6-107.6 of this title:

1. "Withdrawal" means more than ten (10) consecutive days, or parts of days, of unexcused absences or fifteen (15) days, or parts of days, total unexcused absences during a single semester;

2. "Lawful excuse" means absence from school pursuant to any valid physical or mental illness or pursuant to any legal excuse as provided in Section 10-105 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes; provided, however, the meaning of such term shall not include marriage;

3. "Circumstances beyond the control of the person" shall not include marriage, suspension or expulsion from school, or imprisonment in a jail, penitentiary or other correctional institution;

4. "Documentation of enrollment status form" means the document established and approved by the Department of Public Safety to substantiate information concerning the eligibility of a person under eighteen (18) years of age to apply for or to retain a license or permit to drive. Such documentation shall not include any information which is considered an education record pursuant to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C., Sections 1232g through 1232i, unless compliance is made with the restrictions regarding disclosure of the information; and

5. "Documentation of reading proficiency" means information provided by a school authorized by subsection B of Section 1210.515 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes to certify the eligibility of a person under eighteen (18) years of age to apply for a license or permit based on passage of a reading proficiency test approved by the State Department of Education, or pursuant to the alternative documentation criteria provided in subsection C of Section 1210.515 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Such documentation shall not include any information which is considered an education record pursuant to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C., Sections 1232g through 1232i, unless compliance is made with the restrictions regarding disclosure of the information.

H. The provisions of this section shall be inapplicable with respect to any person under eighteen (18) years of age upon whom rights of majority have been conferred pursuant to Sections 91 through 94 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

I. The Department of Public Safety shall establish and approve documentation forms and certificates required by this section for use by school districts to comply with the provisions of this section. Upon establishment and approval of such forms and certificates, the Department of Public Safety shall notify each school district and the State Board of Education of the content thereof.

Added by Laws 1996, c. 247, § 34, eff. July 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 64, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1997, c. 392, § 3, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 5, § 14, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 190, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2001, c. 33, § 37, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2006, c. 311, § 12, emerg. eff. June 8, 2006.

NOTE: Laws 1997, c. 322, § 1 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 5, § 29, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998.

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