Veterans now have the option of displaying their veteran status on driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative this week. If veterans chose to apply, the word “Veteran” will be printed on the upper-left corner of their licenses.
State officials said the distinction allows veterans to more easily be identified because many businesses offer discounts to veterans. It will help them avoid having to carry multiple forms of identification, Cuomo said.
Last year, Cuomo signed legislation that allowed the veteran status on DMV identification cards for all honorably discharged veterans, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“Allowing veterans to have their status indicated on their driver licenses, permits, or non-driver IDs will not only make it easier for them to receive the benefits to which they are entitled, but also provides another way for them to show their pride in having honorably served our country,” Cuomo said in a statement.
When veterans apply for a state driver’s license, permit, or non-driver identification card, they can show their original certificate of release or discharge from active duty. Only honorably discharged veterans may apply.
The veteran-status licenses do not cost extra fees, only the normal fee to apply, replace, or renew a DMV identification card. Veterans may apply through the mail with a photocopy of their discharge papers or in person at a local DMV office.
“We are very proud of our veterans and pleased to offer them the option of having their status as veterans indicated on their DMV-issued photo documents,” said Barbara Fiala, commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
For more information, visit: http://www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat