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Key: (1) language to be deleted (2) new language


                         Laws of Minnesota 1987 

                        CHAPTER 171-H.F.No. 142 
           An act relating to drivers' licenses; permitting 
          limited license for homemaker; amending Minnesota 
          Statutes 1986, section 171.30, subdivision 1. 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 171.30, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [ISSUANCE.] In any case where a person's 
license has been suspended under section 171.18 or revoked under 
section 169.121, 169.123, or 171.17, the commissioner may issue 
a limited license to the driver including under the following 
    (1) if the driver's livelihood or attendance at a chemical 
dependency treatment or counseling program depends upon the use 
of the driver's license; or 
    (2) if the use of a driver's license by a homemaker is 
necessary to prevent the substantial disruption of the 
education, medical, or nutritional needs of the family of the 
homemaker; or 
    (3) if attendance at a post-secondary institution of 
education by an enrolled student of that institution depends 
upon the use of the driver's license.  
    The commissioner in issuing a limited license may impose 
such conditions and limitations as in the commissioner's 
judgment are necessary to the interests of the public safety and 
welfare including reexamination as to the driver's 
qualifications.  The license may be limited to the operation of 
particular vehicles, to particular classes and times of 
operation and to particular conditions of traffic.  The 
commissioner may require that an applicant for a limited license 
affirmatively demonstrate that use of public transportation or 
carpooling as an alternative to a limited license would be a 
significant hardship.  
    For purposes of this subdivision, "homemaker" refers to the 
person primarily performing the domestic tasks in a household of 
residents consisting of at least the person and the person's 
dependent child or other dependents. 
    The limited license issued by the commissioner shall 
clearly indicate the limitations imposed and the driver 
operating under the limited license shall have the license in 
possession at all times when operating as a driver. 
    In determining whether to issue a limited license, the 
commissioner shall consider the number and the seriousness of 
prior convictions and the entire driving record of the driver 
and shall consider the number of miles driven by the driver 
    Approved May 20, 1987