Veteran Designation Now Available on Pa. IDs

Servicemen and women will be able to show proof of their veteran status more easily now.

Veterans will now be able to have their status designated on their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID.

The designation will allow veterans to show proof of their status without having to carry multiple forms of identification, Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) wrote in an email to constituents.

Veterans have to show proof of their status in order to access special benefits and discounts made available to our servicemen and servicewomen, but those identifying documents often have sensitive and personal information that people want to keep safe, Simmons wrote.

This designation will not allow veterans to obtain VA benefits — they will have to follow typical procedures to obtain those.

To qualify as a veteran, an applicant must have served in one of the U.S. Armed Forces, including a reserve unit or the National Guard, and must have been honorably discharged.

Veterans will be able to get the new designation on their driver’s license or ID at no extra charge the next time their ID is up for renewal. Those wishing to have the designation now will have to pay a duplicate fee, which is $13.50 for a driver’s license. Fees for other forms of ID can vary.



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