‘Veteran’ status now available on state driver licenses

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering qualified veterans the option of having their status as a
veteran indicated on their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver
identification card.

The Governor signed legislation last year that directed
the DMV to make the veteran's status available to all honorably discharged
veterans of the United States Armed Forces who apply for the designation on a
DMV issued photo document.

“The men and women of the armed forces have sacrificed so much for our state
and nation, and it is only appropriate that we do everything we can to support
them,” Governor Cuomo said. “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.”

Eligible veterans who
request to have this status from the DMV will have the word “Veteran” printed
on the upper left corner of their newly issued driver license, permit or
non-driver ID.

Many local businesses
across the state currently provide discounts to veterans. This option makes it
simpler and more convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their
status as veterans without having to carry multiple forms of identification.

Applicants may apply
either through the mail at renewal time or by visiting their local DMV office.

For more information
on the veteran's status option, visit the DMV website at http://www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat

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