Legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher and co-sponsored by Rep. Ray Franz to allow honorably discharged veterans to add a special veteran designation to their driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.
“To show their support of our veterans and say thank you for protecting liberty, many places offer discounts to veterans and their families,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I sponsored this reform after hearing from veterans in my district about finding an easier way for them to receive these generous benefits — instead of carrying around their discharge papers. Veterans can now have a special insignia appear on their driver’s license or state ID that verifies their military service.”
Booher’s bill, now Public Act 28 of 2013, requires the Michigan secretary of state to develop a veteran designation on state-issued identification cards for veterans who provide proof of service like a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, referred to as a DD 214 form.
PA 27; co-sponsored by Franz, R-Onekama; provides the same designation on driver’s licenses.
“Veterans with the new designation on their driver’s license will have proof of their service right at their fingertips, making it easier than ever to verifying they qualify for program benefits or discounts,” said Franz, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “This legislation eliminates hassles for our veterans and removes obstacles as a way to say thanks for their service to our country.”
Under the new laws, the secretary of state’s office will require proof of service status as a veteran before providing the designation. The secretary of state will consult with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to determine what documentation will be required.
The designation will be available on driver’s licenses and personal state IDs in May 2014. It is not legal proof of prior military service and will not replace the DD 214 when a veteran applies for federal or state benefit programs requiring proof of military service and honorable discharge.
Editor’s Note: A print-quality photograph of the governor’s bill signing is available by visiting the Sen. Booher’s website at: www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on the Photowire tab.