(WTVM) - Alabama veterans may have the option beginning May 1 of displaying proof of military service on their driver licenses.
Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, introduced the Veteran's Driver License legislation, which Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law in May 2012.
"Now, our veterans may readily show their status to obtain any benefits, rebates and accommodations they richly deserve," said Black. "I am proud to have played a part, along with Sen. Marc Keahey (D-Grove Hill), in making this happen."
Some veterans returning from deployments in such places as Iraq and Afghanistan may deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other issues. The designation on their driver licenses will clearly identify them if they require assistance or come into contact with law enforcement officers and/or medical providers.
To establish proof of service, a veteran must visit one of the Alabama Department of Public Safety's Driver License examining offices and present a DD-214 form from the U.S. Department of Defense that shows an "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions" status.
There is no additional charge for the veteran designation for a first-time driver license applicant or for an individual seeking to renew his or her license. A veteran who chooses to add the designation before his or her renewal date, however, must pay $18.50 for a duplicate license.