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Cuomo signs bill allowing veterans to choose to have distinguishing mark on license

Legislation has been passed allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to place a mark on the driver's license of a US veteran.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Legislation has been passed allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to place a mark on the driver's license of a US veteran.

Governor Cuomo signed the bill on Thursday and said, "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. We are proud to help distinguish them as veterans."

Under the new law, veterans can choose whether or not to have a distinguishing mark added to their driver’s license or non-driver ID to indicate their status.

Many local businesses across the state provide discounts to veterans and law makers say the law will make it more simple and convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their status as veterans without having to carry multiple forms of identification.

In order to obtain the distinguishing mark from the DMV, applicants must submit proof that they were honorably discharged from the armed forces.

The law is set to take effect in one year.

The DMV will revise its application forms and make other accommodations to handle requests for a status mark in the meantime.

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