November 10, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Veterans Have Option to Get U.S. Flag
on Licenses, IDs and License Plates
WETHERSFIELD - The Department of Motor Vehicles in observance of Veterans Day notes that thousands of veterans statewide have sought the state’s special recognition of having a U.S. flag on their licenses or ID cards to honor their service and establish eligibility for various discounts, programs, and services available to veterans.
DMV also offers a U.S. flag license plate for veterans and their spouses. A number of other special military plates representing various veterans’ groups are also available.
“Honoring our service members is integral to our larger commitment to our military men, women, and veterans,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “Connecticut is among the first in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans. We’ve established job programs and educational assistance. But there is more to be done to support our veterans and their families, and ensuring they are receiving all the benefits to which they are entitled is paramount.”
DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr., said, “We thank veterans for their service to our country and all that they sacrificed. We are extremely proud of them and their commitment to helping defend our country.”
For more information and a complete list of DMV services offered to veterans and active military members, visit ct.gov/dmv/military. The state also has a website – https://portal.ct.gov/dva/
– to make it easier for veterans to understand and research benefits for them.
Both DMV and AAA offices issue driver’s licenses and ID cards with the American Flag to identify veterans. The program was started nearly three years ago.
A veteran applies at least 30 days prior to visiting a DMV or AAA office to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 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 application and additional documentation is mailed 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.
The veteran submits 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 flag is added either at renewal or for a first-time license or ID with no cost. There is a $30 charge to have a current credential re-made. DMV also provides a waiver of the license renewal fee for honorably discharged with separation papers dated within two years and all active service members.
In addition, DMV offers 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. A “Gold Star Family” plate is available for immediate family members of service members who have died in the line of duty. By law, immediate family members include a spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandmother or grandfather. Information on these and other military plates is available at ct.gov/dmv/military