Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Mary-Bears Grinder announced that honorably discharged veterans may now visit any drivers services center in the state to obtain a specially designated veteran driver license or photo identification card.
Legislation authorizing the state to publicly recognize veterans’ military service was passed in 2011. The veteran designation could not be offered, however, until the latest redesign of drivers licenses and photo ID cards. A newly designed card and a new process called “central issuance,” in which driver licenses and photo ID cards are mailed ti citizens from a central location, are now being used in all driver service centers.
“We know that veterans have waited a long time for this special recognition. It is the least we can do to honor their service to our state and country,” Gibbons said. “We are pleased to now be able to offer this designation to any honorable discharged veteran who presents the proper discharge form,” he added.
“To be recognized by the state through this new veteran designated driver license or ID is incredibly important to those who served our country,” Grinder said. This ID will be a source of convenience for veterans who do not typically carry their discharge papers with them everywhere they go to prove their veterans status.”
Veterans must visit a driver service center and present a certified or original copy of their Department of Defense form 214 which is also known as discharge papers to receive the special designation.