Starting today, U.S. military veterans can receive an updated driver's license/ID card with the word "VETERAN" displayed under their signatures on the front of the card.
"I had the honor of serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Army Reserve," said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
"There is no greater honor than serving your country, and our veterans can now proudly display their service on their driver's licenses or ID card, which will help them receive the services and benefits they richly deserve."
The new state law lets veterans who received and Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions discharge to pursue the veteran designation on driver's licenses and ID cards. Veterans must obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs by visiting an IVDA office and providing a copy of their DD-214 or Certification of Military Service.
After the necessary certifications is obtained from an IDVA office, a veteran can apply for a new, renewal or updated driver's license or ID card at any driver's services facility.
The designation is free for first-time driver's license applicants and driver's license renewals. Veterans choosing to add the designation before their renewal date may obtain an updated driver's license for $5 and an updated ID card for $10.
Veterans 65 and older can obtain an updated state ID card at no cost.
"The mission at IDVA is to serve those who have served," said IDVA Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given their service to our nation and now, every time they use their state identification, Illinoisans will have the opportunity to say, 'Thank you for your service.'"
For more details, contact the IDVA at 800-437-9824 or illinois.gov/veterans.