Driver License Designation Soon to be Available to Veterans
veterans may have the option beginning May 1 of displaying proof of military
service on their driver licenses.
Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, introduced the Veteran's Driver License legislation,
which Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law in May 2012.
said, "Now, our veterans may readily show their status to obtain any benefits,
rebates and accommodations they richly deserve.
I am proud to have played a part, along with Sen. Marc Keahey (D-Grove
Hill), in making this happen."
veterans returning from deployments in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan may
deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other issues. The designation on
their driver licenses will clearly identify them if they require assistance or
come into contact with law enforcement officers and/or medical providers.
establish proof of service, a veteran must visit one of the Alabama Department
of Public Safety's Driver License examining offices and present a DD-214 form from
the U.S. Department of Defense that shows an "honorable" or "general under
honorable conditions" status.
is no additional charge for the veteran designation for a first-time driver
license applicant or for an individual seeking to renew his or her license. A veteran
who chooses to add the designation before his or her renewal date, however,
must pay $18.50 for a duplicate license.
more information or to locate the nearest Driver License examining office,
visit the Driver License Division page at dps.alabama.gov.