Beginning July 1, 2015 U.S. military veterans are able to get an updated driver’s license/ID card with the “VETERAN” under the signature on the front of the card.
“I am pleased to offer this service to our military veterans who have given so much of themselves for the greater good of this nation,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
This designation helps ensure military veterans living in Illinois who have received an Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions discharge receive the services and benefits for which they are entitled, including healthcare, education, employment assistance and tax breaks.
“The mission at IDVA is to serve those who have served,” said Erica Jeffries, Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “We are so pleased to partner with the Secretary of State’s office to offer this benefit to our veterans. Our veterans have given their service to our nation and now, every time they use their state identification, Illinoisans will have the opportunity to say ‘Thank you for your service!’”
To receive the “VETERAN” designation on the driver’s license/ID card, veterans must obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA). They can do so by one of two means. They can visit one of the IDVA offices throughout the state and provide a copy of their DD-214 or Certification of Military Service (NA Form 13038) or they may complete the process by mail.
To obtain the certification by mail, veterans must complete a Consent to Release of Information (Click Here for Document) and send it along with their DD-214/NAF 13038 and a legible copy of their driver’s license/ID card to the local veteran service officer. Requests may also be Faxed to (217) 782-4161 or mailed to the below address:
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
PO Box 19432 (Attn: DL Cert)
833 S. Spring St
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
The IDVA will certify the discharge document and mail it back to the veteran. After the necessary certification is obtained from the IDVA, the veteran may apply for a new, renewal or updated driver’s license or ID card at any Secretary of State Driver Service’s facility.
The designation will be no additional cost for first-time driver’s license applicants and driver’s license renewals. If veterans choose to add the designation before their renewal date, they may obtain an updated driver’s license for $5 and an updated ID card for $10. Veterans over the age of 65 can obtain an updated state ID card at no cost.