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 U.S. flag license plates to veterans and their spouses. A number of other special military plates representing various veterans’ groups are also available.
“We owe so much to the brave members of who have served our nation in the Armed Forces,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “The symbols on drivers’ licenses, ID cards and license plates are one small action we have taken to make sure our veterans have a convenient way to access the benefits and services they have earned.”
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said, “Supporting Connecticut veterans through housing and employment programs, healthcare initiatives, and by making it easier for them to qualify for other benefits is an important way to give back to them after all they have done for us. We are grateful for their service.”
DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra added, “DMV wants to thank veterans for their service to our country and to our communities. They have made many sacrifices for our safety, security and freedom. We are happy to offer licenses and license plates that recognize them.”
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 licenses and ID cards with the American Flag to identify veterans. The program was started nearly four 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.
A veteran submits a completed application and proof of honorable discharge, such as a DD-214. The Department of Veterans Affairs will verify a 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 active service members and a one-time waiver for honorably discharged veterans. For more information, see http://bit.ly/2fFM5v6
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