LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher introduced legislation on Thursday to allow honorably discharged veterans to add a special designation to their Michigan driver’s license.
“Our veterans sacrificed much to protect our freedoms. In appreciation of their dedication, many places offer discounts to veterans and their families,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I introduced this measure to make it easier for veterans to receive these benefits. Instead of having to carry around their discharge forms to prove their service, my reform would allow veterans to have a special insignia appear on their driver’s license verifying their status.”
Senate Bill 82 would require the Michigan secretary of state to develop a designation for driver’s licenses of veterans who provide proof of service like a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, referred to as a DD 214 form.
“This initiative came about after hearing from veterans in my district about finding a simpler way to prove their military service and then looking to see what others states are doing,” Booher said. “Florida is one example of a state that provides this type of designation for veterans. It is working there, and it is just common sense to bring this effective and efficient service to Michigan.”
Booher noted that, under his legislation, the secretary of state’s office would require proof of service status as a veteran, such as a DD 214 form, before providing the designation.
“This is also about helping businesses who generously offer discounts to veterans,” Booher said. “If they see a veterans designation on a driver’s license they will know that the person is a veteran – because an official state agency has already done the verification for them.”
SB 82 has been sent to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee for consideration.