ILLINOIS – Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, U.S. military veterans will be able to get an update driver’s license/ID card with the word “VETERAN” displayed under the signature on the front of the card.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White made the announcement today and says that now veterans can proudly display that they served on their license.
“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,” says White.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, the veteran designation will help ensure military veterans living in Illinois receive the services and benefits they are entitled to including healthcare, education and employment assistance.
If you are a veteran and are interested in obtaining this on your license or ID, you first need to obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Secondly, after the certification is obtained, 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.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, 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 update ID card for $10. Veterans over the age of 65 can obtain an updated state ID card at no cost.