Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi announced legislation he sponsored and supported last year has now gone into effect to allow military veterans to apply for a special designation on their driver’s license to prove their military status, allowing for better identification.
“Our military men and women and their families have made great sacrifices to defend our country and freedom,” Brindisi, D - Utica, said in a news release. “As a member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am pleased that we are making it easier for veterans to receive the benefits they are entitled to.”
For no additional fee, qualified U.S. military veterans can apply for a special designation on their driver’s license by sending proof of an honorable discharge to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. This will eliminate the need to carry DD-214 forms to prove veteran status in order to receive discounts and utilize other services available to veterans, Brindisi said.
The initiative is just one way to thank our distinguished veterans for their service, Brindisi said. He also encourages veterans to participate in the Return the Favor veterans discount program, which provides veterans and qualified spouses with a picture I.D. card to present at participating businesses in order to receive discounts on purchases and services. Veterans can receive the card by bringing proof of their military service to the County Clerk’s office. To view a list of merchants that participate in the program in Oneida and Herkimer counties, visit tinyurl.com/OneidaVets or tinyurl.com/HerkimerVets.
For more information on the military license designation, visit www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat or contact Brindisi’s office at 732-1055.