More than 500,000 Pennsylvania Veterans Have Opted for Designation on Their Driver’s License, Photo ID Card

The number of Pennsylvania veterans who have added a veterans designation to their driver’s license or ID card has topped more than half a million and has grown every day since the program began in 2014. The designation – an American flag with the word VETERAN beneath it – is a patriotic way for veterans to show their pride and convey to others that they served in the United States military.

“More than 500,000 of Pennsylvania’s veterans opting for this patriotic designation illustrates how proud these men and women are to have worn the uniform,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Pennsylvania is home to the fourth-largest veterans’ population in the country and we are thrilled to honor their tremendous service through this program.”

The veterans designation does not entitle a veteran to any special consideration or discount but rather identifies the bearer as a veteran. Any other recognition, such as a discount, complementary meal or other token of appreciation is completely and solely determined by the organization, business or entity providing a service.

“The veterans designation has been extremely popular and continues to grow rapidly as thousands of veterans choose to add the designation to their driver’s license or ID every week,” said Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “PennDOT is proud to partner with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide veterans across the state with this important program.”

Qualified applicants for a veterans designation must have served in the United States Armed Forces and/or the reserve component, and have been discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.

There is no fee for the veterans designation, however regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply. Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates 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 it is renewed.

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. Veterans holding a non-commercial driver’s license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation by visiting www.dmv.pa.gov and clicking on the American flag/veterans designation icon.

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