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Biss bill tightening background checks on ride-share drivers becomes law

rideshare 080718SPRINGFIELD – A bill requiring ride-share drivers to provide more personal information for background checks became law today.

The new law, sponsored by State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), requires all individuals who are applying to be a driver for a ride-sharing service to provide their full legal name, social security number, and date of birth.

“People who use ride-sharing services as a method of transportation deserve to know who’s driving the car they’re getting into,” said Biss. “By requiring drivers to provide more than just basic information, ride-sharing companies are now held to the same standard that other licensed transportation services have been held to for years.”

Previously, prospective drivers only had to provide their address, age, driver’s license number, motor vehicle registration and automobile insurance liability.

The genesis of the bill was an incident in Biss’s district, when a ride-share driver was arrested for a suspected DUI with a passenger in their car. The driver had been under court supervision for a previous DUI.

House Bill 4416 passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, and effective immediately.

Senator Daniel Biss

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9th Senate District

Years served: 2011 - 2012 (House); 2013 - Present (Senate)

Associated Representatives: Laura Fine; Robyn Gabel

Committee assignments: Education; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Human Services; Labor (Chairperson); Revenue.

Biography: Full-time legislator; former University of Chicago math professor; doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Served one term in the House before his election to the Senate. Resides in Evanston with his wife, Karin, and their children, Elliot and Theodore. Co-chair of a bipartisan pensions working group in the House and chair of the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee.