(Ankeny) – According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, as of July 1, there will be an update to Iowa law that will allow veterans to have a “veteran” designation put on their driver’s license or non- operator identification card anytime they are issued a new card; not just at renewals.
This designation on a driver’s license and non-operator identification cards is designed to assist Iowa veterans who can benefit from discounts offered by many different businesses. In order to receive veteran’s benefits, businesses require proof of a veteran’s status. If veterans have this marking on their driver’s license or non-operator identification card, it is easier for them to accumulate their benefits after serving our country.
To receive this designation marking on a card, an honorably discharged veteran must present a copy of their DD 214 or applicable discharge document to their Veteran Affairs office. The Veteran’s Affair office will then confirm the applicant’s status and complete an Iowa DOT form, which authorizes the Iowa DOT to place the designation mark on the individual’s Driver License or non-operator identification card. After that process is done, the veteran must then take the completed form to any Iowa Driver’s License issuance location and request that the veteran designation be added to his or her Driver’s License or non-operator identification card.
Veterans may also speed up the process by bringing a completed application form and a copy of their DD 214 form to the county Veterans Affairs office. Blank forms are available online at http://va.iowa.gov
June 27, 2013