Pennsylvania's military veterans now can get a special designation on their driver's licenses and identification cards.
The designation, an American flag with the word "Veteran" beneath it, will appear on the front of the license or identification card.
With the designation, veterans more easily will be able to show their status and take advantage of special offers and discounts from businesses.
And anyone who has a reason to look at their licenses or ID cards will learn of their "dedicated service to our country," said State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe, Pike) in a news release.
"The brave men and women who put their lives on the line as part of their service to this country deserve to be fully recognized for their efforts," said Gov. Tom Corbett in announcing the new veteran's designation Tuesday.
"Today, I am proud to be here as we kick off one more way we honor the service of our veterans here in Pennsylvania."
“Men and women who have served their country are eligible for a variety of special services, benefits and discounts,” said State Senator Mike Stack of Philadelphia.
“Having their proof of service on their Pennsylvania drivers license should make it easier and more convenient to receive the credit they deserve.”
Qualified applicants for a Veterans Designation include those who have received a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty/DD214 or equivalent, for service in the United States armed forces, including a reserve component, or the National Guard who were discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
There is no fee for the Veterans Designation, which is voluntary, but regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply.
Forms for driver's license or ID renewals and duplicates now have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran, and to have the designation added.
Once the Veterans Designation has been added to a driver’s license or identification card, it will automatically appear each time the card is renewed.
Veterans holding a non-commercial driver's license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation by going online and clicking on the American Flag/Veterans Designation icon.
"The veterans designation on driver's licenses and identification cards now provides immediate recognition for veterans who may not otherwise have any military identification," said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, adjutant general of Pennsylvania.
"While participation is completely voluntary, it allows veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits that they are eligible for."
To renew a commercial driver's license (CDL) and add the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-143CD form and applicable fees.
To obtain a duplicate CDL with the Veterans Designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-80CD form and applicable fees.
The designation was authorized by Act 176 of 2012.