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Special Veteran Notation on Driver's Licenses

March 5, 2014
HARRISBURG- Pennsylvania military veterans can now have their service noted on state driver's licenses, offering them a way to demonstrate their status if they don't have military ID handy.

Gov. Tom Corbett was on hand Tuesday to announce the program that provides veterans with the designation without an additional fee. Corbett said. “Today, I am proud to be here as we kick off one more way we honor the service of our veterans here in Pennsylvania.”

He says it'll help veterans receive the recognition they deserve. “The brave men and women who put their lives on the line as part of their service to this country deserve to be fully recognized for their efforts.”

Corbett, who served in the National Guard, received the first veteran-designation driver's license.

Officials say people began to sign up for it on Monday, even before the new program's formal unveiling. Qualified applicants for a Veterans Designation include those who have received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/DD214 or equivalent, for service in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component, or the National Guard who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
The designation appears as an American flag with the word “Veteran” beneath it, on the front of the license or identification card. Supporters say it'll help identify people as veterans, giving them quicker access to social and legal programs designed for people who served in the military.
To sign up, veterans can go to www.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the American flag icon. There is no fee for the Veterans Designation, however regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply. Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates now have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran, and to have the designation added.
To renew a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and add the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL 143CD form and applicable fees. To obtain a duplicate CDL with the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-80CD form and applicable fees.

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