New bill would streamline the process of a military veteran designation on drivers license

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A new bill proposed by the Secretary of State’s office would streamline the process of military veterans being recognized on their drivers license.

Jesse White created HB 3216, which allows veterans who have received an Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions discharge to obtain the veteran’s designation on their DL/ID with the word “VETERAN” on it.

Military veterans can do this by bringing their DD214 or other acceptable discharge document directly to a Secretary of State Driver Services facility.

Secretary White first began offering this designation to military veterans in 2015.

Under the new legislation, the veteran is no longer required to visit the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) before coming to the Secretary of State.

“While more than 100,000 veterans have obtained a DL/ID with the veteran’s designation, we are now streamlining the service for the convenience of our military heroes,” said White.

If veterans choose to add the designation prior to their renewal date, they may obtain an updated driver’s license for $5 and an updated ID card for $10. Veterans over the age of 65 can obtain an updated state ID card at no cost.

The bill has passed both the House and Senate and is headed to Governor Pritzker’s desk.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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