FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2015
DMV THANKS VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE AND
REMINDS THEM OF BENEFITS AVAILABLE
WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles in observance of Memorial Day is reminding veterans they can apply to have their status marked on a Connecticut Driver’s License or state-issued ID. The DMV and AAA offices will issue drivers’ licenses and ID cards that will include the symbol of an American Flag to identify veteran status.
“This program helps ensure veterans receive the resources they need to help improve their lives,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “Veterans and their families have made so many sacrifices in defense of our freedom and democracy, it is important that we give back to them. The veteran symbol is one small way to demonstrate our appreciation of their duty and our ongoing commitment to them.”
DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr., said, “Our veterans have done so much for our country that this identifier on our license shows our pride in the sacrifice they have given to our country and our state.”
The veteran symbol – a U.S. flag - on the CT driver’s license or state-issued ID card will help first responders, emergency rooms and healthcare providers identify veterans and their eligibility for programs and services from both the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
In addition, the state also has a website – http://www.veterans.ct.gov/
– to make it easier for veterans to understand and research benefits for them. DMV has a special flag license plate that veterans and their spouses can obtain as well as a number of special interest license plates representing various veterans’ groups. In addition, DMV provides a free license renewal active service members while in the military and a one-time free renewal for all honorably discharged service members. More information can be found at ct.gov/dmv
To obtain the flag designation on a license, a veteran, at least 30 days prior to visiting a DMV or AAA office, must submit to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs a completed application and proof of honorable discharge, such as a DD-214. The Department of Veterans Affairs will verify the veteran’s military status and electronically notify DMV of the request prior to the driver’s license or ID card being issued.
The application can be downloaded online at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website by visiting www.ct.gov/ctva
and clicking the “Application for Veteran’s Flag” link.
The flag symbol will be added to a veteran’s license or ID card at no additional cost at renewal time, or when he or she obtains a driver's license or ID card for the first time. Current driver's license and ID card holders will be charged a $30 fee to have the flag symbol added prior to receiving a renewal notice from DMV.
Veterans can request a flag symbol by mailing an application and additional documentation to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: CT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS, ATTN: VETERAN’S FLAG ON DRIVER LICENSE OR ID CARD, 287 WEST ST., ROCKY HILL, CT 06067.