Legislation that will make it easier for youth experiencing homelessness to obtain a driver's license is gaining traction in Harrisburg. 

Pa. State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is sponsoring the bill. 

The House Transportation Committee unanimously approved H.B. 127 on Monday. 

The bill would waive the fees associated with getting a driver's license for youth that don't have a secure residence. By having a license, these kids will be able to enroll or transfer schools, access social services like food and housing assistance, and attend medical visits. 

“The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently reported more than 40,000 youth had been identified as homeless, and they often go unseen. By removing the monetary barrier associated with attaining a license, we’re increasing their access to life-saving services and programs they wouldn’t necessarily have available,” said Bizzarro. “This is sensible, compassionate legislation that will help keep students connected with their schools and communities while their lives stabilize.”

The legislation would waive license fees for youth identified as homeless by a state agency. However, the child must be enrolled in an education program to receive the waived fee. 

Individuals that use the program to acquire a license would be able to use a shelter or school address as a temporary address. 

H.B. 127 now advances for consideration from the full House.