Ticonderoga New York State will make it easier for military veterans to identify themselves.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation allowing the state Department of Motor Vehicles to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.
Under the law, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces may request to have this veteran status mark from the DMV.
“This is very good news,” said Tom Provoncha of the Ticonderoga American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. “This is something we (Essex County American Legion) have really been pushing for. The legion started this and I’m glad it’s become reality.”
Many businesses provide discounts to veterans. The new law will make it more simple and convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their status as veterans on a driver’s license or non-driver ID without having to carry multiple forms of identification.
“Retired vets generally have IDs,” Provoncha said, “but most veterans who are not retired don’t have any formal ID that they carry. This will change that.”
In order to obtain the veterans status from the DMV applicants will have to submit proof that they were honorably discharged from the armed forces.
“These men and women have made invaluable sacrifices for our state and nation, and now that they have returned home, government will work for them,” Cuomo said. “We are proud to help distinguish them as veterans.”
The law takes effect in one year.
In the meantime, DMV will revise its application forms and make other accommodations to handle requests for a status mark.
The review of documents supporting an honorable discharge from the armed forces will be an additional task for DMV staff during the license renewal process, and license renewals for those requesting a mark will be processed manually. Currently, routine renewals are processed automatically.