Starting this week, veterans across New York will be able to visit any local DMV Office to add the veteran’s distinction to their driver’s license or non-driver identification card prior to their renewal at no additional cost to them. Veterans should bring their DD-214 to add the veteran’s designation.
“I am honored to help recognize Veterans here in Monroe County and across New York State for their sacrifices and give back to those who have given so much,” said County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo.
In 2013, a law was enacted to allow honorably discharged service men and women the option of having their veteran status on their driver’s license or non-driver IDs while paying a $12.50 amendment fee. Under Dinolfo’s leadership, county clerks across the state joined in opposing this unnecessary fee and advocated for legislation eliminating the fee, which was NYSACC’s highest legislative priority.
Earlier this year, state Senate and Assembly each unanimously passed legislation eliminating the fee. The bill was then signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 8, with an effective date of Dec. 6.
“I am proud that with the help of my colleagues in NYSACC and my partners in government in the State Legislature that we were able to honor our community’s veterans by eliminating this unnecessary fee,” added Dinolfo.