The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has unveiled a new driver license indicator that allows veterans to verify their military service on their identification card.
Supporters of the new feature say it will eliminate the need for veterans to carry a separate card or official discharge form to prove their service.
“There are nearly 80,000 veterans living in Delaware and this new indicator provides our veterans with a convenient way to provide proof of military service,” said Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, D-Wilmington, who sponsored House Bill 408, the enabling legislation.
The veteran indicator designation is available to any Delaware veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge.
To obtain the veteran indicator, one must have a valid Delaware driver license or identification card and provide proof of military service by presenting any of the following original documents:
- Military ID
- DD- 256
- Honorable Discharge Certificate
- Valid out-of-state driver license with veteran designation
“The Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles proudly recognize the contributions and sacrifices of those who have faithfully served our country and represented our great state,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski.
“The Veteran indicator is designed to verify an individual as a veteran in the State of Delaware so that businesses and organizations can recognize their contributions as well,” Majeski said.
Veterans who are renewing, changing their address, or purchasing a duplicate driver license or identification card may add the indicator at no additional charge at any DMV location.
Applicable fees for those services will apply, but veterans will not be charged an additional $10 to add the Veteran indicator.
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The designation is not a military ID card and does not entitle veterans to all military benefits. Veterans would need to contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to determine their federal benefits.
“The Veteran indicator was a collaborative effort to reduce the necessity for our veterans to obtain and carry a secondary ID, or carry a DD-214, which contains sensitive information, to prove their veteran status,” said DMV Director Jana Simpler.
“For all they have done for their country, it’s the least we can do for them,” Simpler said.
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