Bill would let sick drivers use pre-treatment photos

Joanne Jodry wanted to use her old photo for her driver's license, but was denied by the MVC.

Joanne Jodry wanted to use her old photo for her driver's license, but was denied by the MVC. (12/14/15)

TRENTON - Legislation under consideration in New Jersey would let patients undergoing appearance-changing medical care use pre-treatment photos on their driver’s licenses.

The Assembly Transportation Committee approved the measure on Monday.

The bill comes after the story first reported by News 12 New Jersey of Neptune City resident Joanne Jodry.

Jodry, who lost her hair after chemotherapy, was not allowed to use an old photo showing her with long hair when she went to renew her drivers’ license.

An MVC spokeswoman in October said the agency was bound to comply with state law, which requires a new picture every eight years.

Jodry was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in April.

New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty introduced the bill soon after the News 12 New Jersey story aired.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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