Assemblyman Santabarbara Helps Pass Bill to Waive Fee for Veteran Status on Driver’s Licenses

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced legislation he sponsored to prohibit any additional fees for veterans who change their New York State driver’s license, permit or non-driver identification card to indicate their status as a veteran has passed the Assembly (A.8231-A). The legislation applies to veterans who amend their state ID card prior to the date of renewal.

“Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices to ensure our safety and protect our freedoms. They should not have to pay a fee in order to be recognized for their distinguished service,” said Assemblyman Santabarbara.

Last year, a law went into effect to allow military veterans to apply for a special designation on their driver’s license to prove their military status (Ch. 487 of 2012). This legislation would waive the fee of $12.50 for veterans who choose to amend their identification card before renewal to reflect their status as a veteran.

Veterans who are interested in applying for the special designation can send proof of an honorable discharge to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left-hand corner of their driver’s license, permit or non-driver identification card, eliminating the need to carry DD-214 forms to prove veteran status in order to utilize many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to veterans.

For more information on the military license designation, or if you need assistance applying, please visit or contact Assemblyman Santabarbara’s office at 382-2941.