NYS Drivers’ Licenses Now Carry VETERAN Status

Martin J. Golden

October 04, 2013

Starting today, residents who are military veterans can apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS drivers license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

Since many local businesses across the state currently provide discounts to veterans, having a driver’s license with a veteran’s designation allows for more convenience and ease in presenting proof of service. A driver’s license is often acceptable proof of identification; it only makes sense to allow our nation’s heroes to use it to show they proudly answered our nation’s call.