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Michigan Launches New Driver’s License Designation For Veterans

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(Credit: michigan.gov)

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Michigan will let its 680,000 military veterans get a special designation on their driver’s licenses starting May 1.

The new license will have the word “Veteran” in bold red on the front of the card. It’s available to all honorably discharged veterans.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes unveiled the license Wednesday. A 2013 law creating the designation allows veterans to take advantage of discounts at businesses more easily without carrying their discharge papers.

Veterans renewing their license or applying for the first time will pay normal fees. To get the designation before it’s time to renew, they can buy a duplicate license for $9.

“We are indebted to these courageous men and women and this will help them get the benefits they have earned and deserve,” Johnson said in a statement. “I hope every store clerk, every bank teller who sees this on a driver’s license will take a moment to thank that veteran for their service and sacrifice.”

Barnes said he hopes all veterans take advantage of this opportunity.

“Michigan residents who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces can now have their veteran status at their fingertips, giving them easier access to the special offers and recognitions they have earned,” Barnes said in a statement.

For more information or to locate a Secretary of State office, visit www.michigan.gov/sos.

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