PROVIDENCE – Rep. Peter Martin, D-Newport, introduced legislation to give veterans the option of having the word “veteran” appear on their state drivers’ licenses.
Martin introduced two bills on the opening day of the 2012 General Assembly session last week. The two bills are both necessary because they each amend a different section of law.
As proposed, the designation will be based on the presentation of a Certificate of Release from Active Duty for honorably discharged veterans. The legislation proposes a $6.50 fee for any veteran with a valid license to have the existing license re-issued with the “veteran” designation.
Beyond “pride and honor,” Martin said, the licenses provide other benefits, including providing valuable information to first responders in the case of a medical emergency, give veterans a convenient ID to use to take advantage of special discounts veterans are eligible to receive.
“The Division of Motor Vehicles currently allows for specialty license plates, honoring qualified veterans,” Martin said in a news release. “The intent of my legislation is to extend that designation of veteran status to the driver’s license of any honorably discharged Rhode Island service person who would be proud to carry one.” •