SENATOR BALL’S BILL TAKES EFFECT CREATING SPECIAL DRIVERS LICENSES FOR VETERANS
Brewster, N.Y. – 10/04/2013 – Veterans can now have the option of having their status as a veteran indicated on their New York State driver license, permit or non-driver identification thanks to bill that was sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson).
The law which passed last year, directs 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.
Providers of veterans services at the state, local and even the federal level, do not currently have the ability to reach out to the veterans population, effectively or accurately. This driver’s license “check-off” will now allow the State of New York to finally communicate with the vast majority of veterans living in New York State.
“The biggest problem we face in providing services and benefits to veterans is actually being able to identify them, especially returning veterans. This will now give veterans the option of indicating their service on their driver’s licenses. Once identified, we can pro-actively communicate with veterans to connect them to the hundreds of services and benefits available,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “I am proud to be the sponsor of this bill and I thank the Governor for his continued support and leadership on this critical matter.”
“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.”
In order to obtain this status from the DMV, applicants must mark the appropriate box on the application form (MV-44 or MV-2) and show their original Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) which states either “Honorable” or “Under Honorable Conditions” in the “Character of service” section. 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. There are no additional fees for qualified veterans to receive the status on their driver license or non-driver ID.
Many businesses offer discounts to veterans, and often time’s veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. This bill will finally provide an ID card that is easy to carry, and is uniformly recognized.
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