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State / Commonwealth and Territory Legislation

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Maintaining a high compliance rate is of concern to officials because it means that any future draft instituted by Congress and the President in a national emergency would be fair and equitable. Also, men who fail to register with Selective Service are not eligible for certain programs and benefits that Congress and most states and territorial legislatures and the District of Columbia have linked to registration. They include student loans and grants for college, government jobs, and job training. Additionally, immigrant men residing in the U.S. who failed to register when they were at least 18 years old, but not yet 26 years old, may be denied U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Many states and territories have passed legislation that supports the federal Selective Service registration requirement. Generally, these state laws require that a man be registered with Selective Service (or prove he is exempt from the registration requirement) before he can receive state student financial assistance and/or be eligible for state government jobs. Most of the state laws mirror, reinforce, or strengthen two federal laws below:

 

  1. The Solomon Amendment added Section 12(f) to the Military Selective Service Act in September 1982. Male students who have a requirement to register with Selective Service must satisfy that requirement as an eligibility precondition for receipt of Title 4 federal student financial aid. Title 4 aid includes such need-based programs as Guaranteed Student Loans and Pell Grants.

  2. In November 1985, the Thurmond Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act established Title 5, U.S. Code, Section 3328, which requires Selective Service registration (of men who are required to register) as a prerequisite for appointment to most federal jobs.

Currently, 31 states and one territory have enacted what is often called “Solomon-like” or “Thurmond-like” legislation linking a man’s eligibility for state-funded higher education benefits or state jobs to the federal Selective Service registration requirement.

 

 

Driver’s License Legislation –

 

Background: In an effort to ensure compliance with federal law among young men, many states and territories, and the District of Columbia, have enacted legislation which links Selective Service registration with the process of applying for a driver’s license, renewal, or state identification card. As a result of such legislation, in May 2002, the state of Delaware, which enacted driver’s license legislation in 2000, became the first state to reach nearly 100 percent registration compliance since Selective Service began compiling this data. In that same year, seven other states increased their compliance rates by 3 percent or more after enacting similar driver’s license legislation.
 

 

Description of Typical State Driver’s License Legislation –

 

These laws are simple and inexpensive to implement. They instruct the state’s Department of Public Safety or Motor Vehicles to include a consent statement on all applications or renewals for driver’s permits, licenses, and I.D. cards. The statement tells the applicant that by submitting the application he is consenting to his registration with the Selective Service System, if so required by Federal law.

 

NOTE:  Females are not required to register with Selective Service under current law. Men age 26 and older are too old to register with Selective Service.

Transmission of applicants’ data to the Selective Service System is accomplished electronically through an existing arrangement each state has with the data sharing system of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVAnet) at no extra cost to the state.

 

 

There are two forms of driver’s license legislation:

 

  1. Optional, where a man, age 18 through age 25, can opt to have his information transferred to Selective Service for registration by checking a box when applying for a state learner’s permit, driver’s license or renewal, or I.D. card.

    Thirteen states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have driver’s license legislation which provides for the option to get registered with the Selective Service System.
     

  2. Automatic, where a man, age 18 through age 25, consents to have his information automatically transferred to Selective Service for registration when he applies for a state learner’s permit, driver’s license or renewal, or I.D. card.

    Twenty-seven states and two territories have driver’s license legislation which automatically registers men with the Selective Service System.

 

NOTE:  For men age 26 and older, the transfer of information for registration with the Selective Service System no longer applies when they obtain a state driver’s license or renewal, or I.D. card, since they are over the Selective Service registration age (age 18 through age 25).

 

 

Summary of Legislations to Date:

 

Thirty-one states and one of the four territories have "Solomon-like" and/or "Thurmond-like" legislation linking a man’s eligibility for state-funded higher education benefits or state jobs to his compliance with the federal Selective Service registration requirement.

Forty states, four territories, and the District of Columbia have enacted laws linking a man’s application for a driver’s license, renewal, or I.D. card with his Selective Service registration.

Five states have no legislation supporting registration with the Selective Service System: Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wyoming.

 

Registration is the LAW.  The effect of these supporting laws is twofold. They increase public awareness of the registration requirement and ensure that recipients of public funds are in compliance with federal law.

 

 

States, Territories, and the District of Columbia -–

 

NOTE: Start date is defined as the date when Selective Service actually started receiving the data transmissions from the states or territories or District of Columbia, depending on the terms of the driver’s license legislation.

 

* Denotes those states, territories, and the District of Columbia with optional driver’s license legislation.

 

Alabama:  Requires Selective Service registration to be eligible to enter institutions of higher learning. Registration is also required as a prerequisite for state employment and promotion. This legislation was signed by Gov. Guy Hunt in 1991, and became effective on January 1, 1992. Then, on October 1, 2001, an Alabama law became effective in which a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. Gov. Don Siegelman signed this legislation on May 17, 2001. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was November 1, 2001.

 

Alaska:  Requires men to register with the Selective Service System as a precondition to state employment, to receive state financial aid for school, and unique to Alaska, to receive a permanent fund dividend. Signed by Gov. Tony Knowles on June 27, 2002, this bill became effective on January 1, 2004. Alaska does not have a driver’s license legislation supporting Selective Service registration.

 

Arizona:  Requires registration with the Selective Service System as a condition for state financial aid for school as well as a precondition for state employment. Signed by Gov. Rose Mofford in 1988. On April 24, 2003, Gov. Janet Napolitano signed into law a bill that states a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on January 1, 2004, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions.

 

Arkansas:  Requires registration with the Selective Service System as a condition for receiving a state education loan, scholarship, or other state financial assistance. Signed into law by Gov. Bill Clinton on February 22, 1989. Also, requires compliance with the Military Selective Service Act as a precondition for state employment or enrollment in a public institution of higher learning. Signed by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 1997. On February 20, 2001, Gov. Huckabee signed into law a bill that states a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on January 1, 2002, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions.

 

California:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed into law by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997. There are no Thurmond-like or driver’s license legislations in place.

 

Colorado:  Requires statement of compliance from male students born after December 31, 1959, before they are allowed to enroll at a state supported college or university. Gov. Dick Lamm allowed the bill to become law in 1987. On August 8, 2001, a Colorado law became effective in which a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. Gov. Bill Owens signed the bill on May 30, 2001. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was September 4, 2001. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

Connecticut:  A driver’s license legislation states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This bill passed state legislature and was signed by the governor. The start date was September 1, 2013, when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from these applications. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

Delaware:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Michael N. Castle in 1986. On August 3, 2000, Gov. Thomas R. Carper signed into law a bill which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. August 3, 2000, was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from driver’s license and renewal, permit, or state I.D. card applications.

 

*District of Columbia:  On April 27, 2001, Mayor Anthony Williams signed a law stipulating that men, age 18 through age 25, in the District can opt out from being registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a District driver’s license. The effective date was October 1, 2002, and the start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions was October 30, 2002. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Florida:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Bob Graham in 1985. A law signed by Gov. Bob Martinez in 1988, requires registration as a precondition for state employment. On September 1, 2001, a Florida law became effective which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. Gov. Jeb Bush signed this legislation on June 5, 2001. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was October 1, 2001.

 

Georgia:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris in 1986. A law, signed by Gov. Zell Miller on July 1, 1998, requires proof of registration as a precondition for state employment. On July 1, 2001, a Georgia law became effective in which a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. Gov. Roy Barnes signed this legislation on April 18, 2001. July 1, 2001, was the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions.

 

*Guam:  On May 3, 2004, Gov. Felix P. Camacho signed a law stipulating that men age 18 through age 25 in Guam may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on September 1, 2004. The start date was December 9, 2004, when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Hawaii:  A law became effective on January 1, 2002, in which a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law was signed by Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano on May 3, 2001. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was January 1, 2002. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

*Idaho:  Young men must be registered with the Selective Service System to be eligible for state employment and state enrollment in post-secondary institutions, including financial aid for this schooling. Signed by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne on March 26, 1999. On March 21, 2002, Gov. Kempthorne signed a law stipulating that men of Selective Service registration age in Idaho may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on July 1, 2002, the same date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions.

 

Illinois:  Enacted three pieces of legislation: One requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid and another requires registration as a precondition for state employment. Gov. James Thompson signed these in 1984 and 1989, respectively. Then, the third legislation became effective on January 1, 2002, in which a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. Gov. George Ryan signed this legislation on July 20, 2001. January 1, 2002, was the start date when electronic data was transmitted to Selective Service.

 

*Indiana:  On April 25, 2007, Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill which states men of Selective Service registration age may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when obtaining a state driver’s license or an I.D. card. The start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions was June 25, 2009. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

*Iowa:  On April 21, 2003, Gov. Tom Vilsack signed into law a bill stipulating that men, age 18 through age 25, in Iowa may opt to get registered with Selective Service when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license, permit, or state I.D. card. This law became effective on July 1, 2003, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Kansas:  On April 10, 2003, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law a bill in which a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on July 1, 2003, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

*Kentucky:  State regulations require a statement of compliance with the Military Selective Service Act as a precondition for participating in the state educational loan program. Then, on March 12, 2003, Gov. Paul E. Patton signed into law a bill which states that men, age 18 through age 25, in Kentucky may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on July 1, 2003; the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from opted-in applications was November 17, 2003. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

Louisiana:  Enacted three pieces of legislation. One requires Selective Service registration for entry to any state school. Gov. Edwin Edwards signed this legislation in 1985. The second requires registration to be eligible for certain classified and unclassified state civil service positions. Signed by Gov. Murphy J. (Mike) Foster in 1999. Then, on July 1, 2003, a third Louisiana law became effective which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. Gov. Foster signed this legislation on June 18, 2003. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was August 19, 2002.

 

*Maine:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. John McKernan in 1987. The driver’s license legislation in which men can opt to have their information transmitted to the Selective Service System for registration was enacted (without governor’s signature) on May 18, 2011. Maine’s Department of Motor Vehicles began collecting and sending Selective Service’s Registration Form 1s in June 2011; there are no electronic data transmissions underway. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

*Maryland:  On May 6, 2002, Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed a law requiring Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to place the option on application forms for men under the age of 26 to get registered with the Selective Service System. However, the law never went into effect because there was a question of available funding. Therefore, there is no start date when Selective Service would begin to receive electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Massachusetts:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. Michael Dukakis allowed the bill to become law in 1984. There are no Thurmond-like or driver’s license legislations in place.

 

*Michigan:  On January 4, 2007, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law a bill that gives men under the age of 26 the option to consent to have their information forwarded to Selective Service for registration when obtaining a state driver’s license or renewal, or an I.D. card. The start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions for those applicants who opted-in for Selective Service registration was October 1, 2010. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Minnesota:  On May 13, 2004, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a law in which a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to be registered automatically with the Selective Service System. This law became effective May 16, 2005, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Mississippi:  Enacted three pieces of legislation. One requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. William Allain signed this legislation in 1984. Another requires registration as a precondition for state employment and was signed by Gov. Kirk Fordice in 1999. A third legislation, which was signed on March 19, 2002, by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, states that men age 18 through age 25, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who apply for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, are automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on September 1, 2002; the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was January 1, 2003.

 

*Missouri:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Mel Carnahan on July 14, 1999. On July 11, 2002, Gov. Bob Holden signed a law giving Missouri men under the age of 26 the option to get registered with Selective Service when they apply to obtain a state driver’s license or renewal, or instruction permit application. This law became effective on August 28, 2002, and the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions for those who opted-in for Selective Service registration on their application was July 1, 2003.

 

*Montana:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Judy Martz on April 21, 2001. Then, on April 7, 2005, legislation was signed which gives men age 18 through age 25 the option to get registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective October 1, 2005, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving Registration Form 1s for those who opted-in on their application to get registered with the Selective Service System.

 

Nebraska:  No legislation linking compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.

 

*Nevada:  On May 22, 2009, Gov. Jim Gibbons signed a law stipulating that men age 18 through age 25 in Nevada may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on July 1, 2010, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

*New Hampshire:  Young men must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for state employment and state enrollment in post-secondary institutions, including financial aid for this schooling. Signed by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen July 31, 1998. On May 8, 2002, Gov. Shaheen signed a law stipulating that men under the age of 26 in New Hampshire may opt to consent to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on July 7, 2002; the start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions from those who opted-in for Selective Service registration on their application form was September 9, 2002.

 

New Jersey:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman signed this legislation in 1997. There are no Thurmond-like or driver’s license legislations in place.

 

New Mexico:  On April 8, 2003, Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law a bill which states that men, age 18 through age 25, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who apply for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consent to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on July 1, 2003. Selective Service had been receiving electronic data transmissions since July 1, 2001, when the legislation was initially worded such that men had the option to have their information forwarded to Selective Service for registration. When the legislation was revised for automatic registration, the data transmission process was already in place. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

New York:  On September 17, 2002, Gov. George E. Pataki signed into law a bill which states that men, age 18 through age 25, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who apply for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consent to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on March 17, 2003, which was the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

North Carolina:  Enacted three pieces of legislation: One requires Selective Service registration for certain veterans’ dependents financial aid programs and another requires registration as a precondition for state employment and state educational assistance. Gov. James Martin signed these bills in 1985 and 1989, respectively. Then, a third legislation was signed into law on October 17, 2002, by Gov. Michael Easley, which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on April 1, 2003. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from driver’s license applications was November 3, 2003.

 

North Dakota:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for student financial aid. Signed by Gov. George Sinner in 1987. There are no Thurmond-like or driver’s license legislations in place.

 

Northern Mariana Islands:  Requires Selective Service registration as a prerequisite to employment with the Commonwealth government. Signed by Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio, the legislation became effective March 15, 1999. A law signed on November 30, 2001, by Gov. Tenorio, states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from driver’s license applications was November 1, 2001. There is no Solomon-like legislation in place.

 

Ohio:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Requires any resident male not registered with Selective Service to pay out-of-state tuition rate. Gov. Richard Celeste allowed this bill to become law in 1986. On November 2, 2001, Gov. Bob Taft signed a law which states that a person age 18 through age 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on August 1, 2002, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions from applications. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

Oklahoma:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1987. On June 1, 2000, Gov. Frank Keating signed into law a bill which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective November 1, 2000, for collecting registration forms; the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from applications was on March 1, 2005. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

Oregon:  No legislation linking compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.

 

Pennsylvania:  No legislation linking compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.

 

*Puerto Rico:  A driver’s license legislation was signed into law by the governor on December 12, 2011, which gives men, age 18 through age 25, the option to consent for their information be forwarded to Selective Service for registration. There is no data transmission at this time. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Rhode Island:  On June 27, 2002, a bill became law (without governor’s signature) which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. The start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions was January 1, 2003. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

South Carolina:  On June 5, 2002, Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law a bill which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. The start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions was June 28, 2004. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

South Dakota:  Requires Selective Service registration before acceptance to all state schools and as a precondition to state employment. Signed by Gov. George S. Mickelson in 1988. On February 23, 2002, Gov. William J. Janklow signed into law a bill which states that a person age 18 through age 25, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective July 1, 2002, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from these applications.

 

Tennessee:  Requires Selective Service registration before acceptance to all state schools. Signed by Gov. Lamar Alexander in 1984. Registration is also required as a precondition for state employment. Gov. Ned McWherter signed this legislation in 1987. On May 29, 2002, Gov. Don Sundquist signed into law a bill which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on December 1, 2002. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from driver’s license applications was June 2, 2003.

 

Texas:  Requires men to be in compliance with the federal Selective Service registration requirement to be eligible for state student financial assistance. The law was passed in 1997. Effective September 1, 1999, state employment is contingent upon Selective Service registration or exemption. On June 15, 2001, Gov. Rick Perry signed a law stipulating that men, age 18 through age 25, in Texas have the option to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. This law became effective on December 9, 2002, and Selective Service started receiving data transmissions on that same date. Later, an amendment to the existing driver’s license legislation was signed into law by the governor on May 28, 2011, which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, is automatically registered with the Selective Service System. The effective date for automatic transmission was September 1, 2011, and Selective Service continued to receive electronic data transmissions from these applications as before.

 

Utah:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid. Signed by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt in March 1998. On March 15, 2001, Gov. Leavitt signed into law a bill which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to automatic registration with the Selective Service System. The law became effective on May 14, 2001, which was the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There is no Thurmond-like legislation in place.

 

Vermont:  No legislation linking compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.

 

Virgin Islands:  Legislation, signed on February 20, 2002, by Gov. Charles Turnbull, stipulates that young men in the Commonwealth, under the age of 26, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law consent to be automatically registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or I.D. card. This law became effective July 1, 2002, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

Virginia:  Enacted three pieces of legislation. One requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for student financial aid. Signed by Gov. James Gilmore on April 14, 1998, and became effective July 1, 1998. Another requires registration as a precondition for state employment and was signed by Gov. Gilmore on April 5, 1999. A third bill was signed into law on March 6, 2002, by Gov. Mark Warner, which states that a person under the age of 26, who is required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who applies for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consents to be automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on July 1, 2002. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions from these applications was August 7, 2002.

 

*Washington:  The 39th state to enact a driver’s license legislation supporting Selective Service registration. The bill was signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 16, 2011, which stipulates that men under the age of 26 in Washington may opt to get registered with the Selective Service System when they apply to obtain or renew a state driver’s license. It became effective January 1, 2012, which was also the start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions. There are no Solomon- or Thurmond-like legislations in place.

 

*West Virginia:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state student financial aid and state employment. On April 8, 1999, Gov. Cecil H. Underwood signed the bill, which became effective on July 1, 1999. Then, on June 9, 2002, a West Virginia law became effective which gives men age 18 through age 25, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who apply for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, the option to get registered with the Selective Service System. Gov. Bob Wise signed this legislation on April 3, 2002. The start date when Selective Service began receiving electronic data transmissions was March 24, 2003.

 

Wisconsin:  Requires Selective Service registration as a precondition for state employment and state student financial aid. The bill was signed by Gov. Scott McCallum on August 30, 2001, and became effective January 1, 2002. On April 22, 2002, Gov. McCullum signed into law a bill which states that Wisconsin men, age 18 through age 25, who are required to be registered with Selective Service under federal law and who apply for a state driver’s license or renewal, permit, or state I.D. card, consent to be automatically registered with the Selective Service System. This law became effective on November 1, 2002. The start date when Selective Service began receiving data transmissions from these applications was August 1, 2003.

 

Wyoming:  There are no legislations linking compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.


 

Last Updated October 30, 2014
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