The following is a press release from the Georgia Department of Driver Services, reprinted here as a courtesy by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.
Department of Driver Services (DDS) unveiled today a new design for Veterans Driver Licenses and State Identification Cards to support Georgia’s troops. Additional graphics have been added to evoke patriotism and honor those veteran servicemen and women who carry it.
“This is a well-deserved acknowledgement by our state which has the fourth largest number of combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Commissioner Rob Mikell. “Georgia’s veterans deserve all the acknowledgement we can bestow,” he added.
Mikell revealed the new card design in front of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Statue at Pete Wheeler Georgia War Veteran Memorial Plaza in Atlanta today. He presented several special guests with their new Veterans Licenses including Commissioner Pete Wheeler, Department of Veterans Service, Holly Springs Police Officer Shane Ladner and several DDS team members.
“I commend these honored guests for their unquestionable commitment to service. They safeguarded this great nation and have also chosen to continue to serve the citizens of Georgia,” Mikell said.
In 2012 approximately 36,000-38,000 eligible Georgia veterans requested or renewed a free driver’s license and/or ID card. Many vets have found that it serves a purpose as a convenient identification to use for special retail discounts that many businesses choose to offer the former service members.
A waving American Flag has been added adjacent to the Cardholder’s Date of Birth (DOB) on the right front of the Card. Also, the word VETERAN is now printed in bold red ink utilizing a larger typeface than previously. There was no additional cost to the state for implementing this design change.
The eligibility requirements for issuance of a free Veterans Driver’s License or ID have not changed. A veteran is entitled to a free license and/or ID if he/she meets the Georgia residency requirement, and if the veteran has a discharge under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves of the United States for service during a recognized period of war or conflict. The surviving spouse of an eligible deceased veteran is also eligible for a free honorary driver’s license as long as he/she does not remarry. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and the process for obtaining a Veteran’s license or ID, please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov or http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/dldata.aspx?con=1741838154&ty=dl