New law streamlines the process of a military veteran designation on drivers license

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A new law will streamline the process of military veterans being recognized on their drivers license.

The new law 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 without going to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) before coming to the Secretary of State.

The new law also expands the allowable forms of proof for veterans when they get their state ID cards and drivers licenses.

In order to get the “VETERAN” designation, veterans can bring their DD214 or other acceptable discharge document directly to a Secretary of State Driver Services facility.

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.

Secretary of State Jesse White created the bill back in May and it was signed by Governor Pritzker on Friday. The new law will go into effect starting January 1, 2020.

Andrew Carrigan

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