2012-09-06 / News

Driver’s license for vets available

Rep. Peter Martin is urging former military service members to visit their nearest Division of Motor Vehicles office to apply for the new veteran-status driver’s license the DMV will begin issuing next week.

As a result of a new law enacted this year, the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles will issue a veteran-status driver’s license or identification card to any honorably discharged service member who presents a certificate of release from active duty or other acceptable documentation of military service.

Passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the governor earlier this year, the new law adds Rhode Island to a list of states that allow residents who have served in the military to have their veteran status displayed on the license. Under the new law, there is no additional cost for issuance of a license or ID with the veteran designation.

Martin sponsored the House bill that was enacted into law and which took effect Sept. 1. A companion bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr.

He added that a driver’s license showing a veteran designation can provide important information for first responders in the case of a medical emergency, can provide quick identification for the Department of Veterans Affairs in regard to benefit eligibility, and can be useful as a convenient form of identification to allow veterans to take advantage of discounts and other incentives offered to them.

“Not only is it an opportunity for veterans to show their pride in their military service, as many already do with veteran license plates, it can also be beneficial to veterans in a number of ways,” said Martin.

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