Michigan veterans can now be identified on driver's licenses

Gov. Snyder signed new Legislation authorized veterans designations on driver's licenses, state IDs

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LANSING, Mich. - Veterans in Michigan can now be easily identified after Gov. Snyder signed a new Legislation into law on Tuesday.

With the new law, the Secretary of State is authorized to add a veterans designation on driver's licenses or state IDs.

"We're proud of our military veterans and of everything they have sacrificed," Snyder said. "This new law is one more way of honoring their service and making everyone aware of the many Michiganders who have defended our country in uniform."

The veterans designation can be added to a Michigan driver's licenses for veterans who request it and show proof of military service with an honorable discharge beginning May 2014.

While allowing veterans to qualify for discounts, the veteran's designation on a driver's license or ID is not legal proof of prior military service and will not replace the DD214 when a veteran applies for federal or state benefit programs requiring proof of military service and honorable discharge.

"The veterans designation is great way for Michigan to honor those who have served and makes it easier for veterans to access discounts and offers from retailers, restaurants and hotels who offer special opportunities to veterans," said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "It's another great step that improves the quality of life for Michigan's veterans."

Michigan, home to some 680,000 veterans, and is the 28th state to put a veterans designation on state-issued IDs and driver's licenses.

"This is a small way to say thank you to veterans who have done so much for us, for this country," said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. "They'll have easy-to-carry, clear-cut proof of their service to help them more easily access the benefits they have earned and deserve.  It's my hope that every store clerk and every bank teller who sees the special designation takes a moment to thank that veteran."


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