Starting December 2, 2013, veterans may request to have a special veteran designation when renewing their driver’s license or any state issued identification card. The word “VETERAN” will be designated in red on eligible licenses or ID cards. As businesses and organizations thank veterans for their service to our country, there are often special programs, discounts, or services available that require proof of eligibility and this designation will prove to be handy for veterans so they do not have to have other paperwork on hand.
The State Legislature initiated the inclusion of this new veteran status on drivers’ licenses by passing legislation earlier this year that was signed into law by the Governor. Any interested veteran should verify their eligibility by calling the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) before applying for the new “VETERAN” designation. Veterans are encouraged to start confirming their eligibility with WDVA as soon as possible. After eligibility is confirmed and starting December 2nd, veterans may contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to apply for the new “VETERAN” designation. In order to obtain the designation, veterans can renew their driver’s license early; however, please note that renewal fees still apply. To locate your nearest DMV service center, please click here.