(WKTV) - Legislation to allow military veterans to apply for a special designation on their driver's license to prove their military status has now gone into effect, Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-Utica, announced Friday.
Qualified U.S. military veterans may now apply for a special designation to their driver's license by sending in proof of an honorable discharge to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. This will eliminate the need to carry DD-214 forms to prove veteran status.
"Our military men and women and their families have made great sacrifices to defend our country and freedom," Brindisi said. "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 more information on the military license designation, or if you need assistance applying, visit www.dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat or contact Brindisi's office at (315) 732-1055.
Brindisi urges veterans to participate in the "Return the Favor" veterans discount program, which provides veterans and qualified spouses with a picture ID card to present at participating businesses to receive discounts. Veterans can receive this card by bringing proof of their military service to the county clerk's office. To see merchants that participate in the program in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, visit tinyurl.com/OneidaVets or tinyurl.com/HerkimerVets.