New Veteran Designation on Montana Driver Licenses Now Available
Veterans now have the option of adding a “Veteran” designation to the front of their driver licenses or identification cards as of January 1, the Montana Department of Justice and the Montana Veterans Affairs Division announced today.
“This is a good way for Montana to honor its veterans and thank them for their service,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “The new designation on driver licenses and ID cards will eliminate the need for veterans to carry official military paperwork to be identified as such, making it easier for them to take advantage of veteran discounts on services and products. It will also allow businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, to quickly and easily verify the status of veterans seeking discounts.”
The bill sponsor for the legislation making the new designation possible was Senator Ed Buttrey — Great Falls.
Adding the designation is a two-step process. Veterans first must confirm their status with the Montana Veterans Affairs Division at any service office. Then, they can apply for a license or ID card from the Motor Vehicle Division by mail or in person at any driver exam station.
More information and a form are available on the Department of Justice website at https://doj.mt.gov/driving/forms/#driverlicensing. Veterans may also contact the nearest State of Montana Veterans Service Office or the division’s administration office at (406) 324-3740 for information. The Montana Division of Veterans Affairs has 10 service offices located statewide, and conducts routine outreach to an additional 45 Montana communities.
Joe Foster, Administrator of Montana’s Veterans Affairs Division said, “With the growing problem of fraudulent military discharge documents, it is very important to this program’s credibility – as well as to those businesses offering veteran discounts – that a person’s veteran status is verified by trained professionals. We are very appreciative to have been asked to partner with the Department of Justice in this effort.”
There is no extra charge to add the designation when a veteran renews a driver license. If a veteran wants to add the designation to a license before it expires, he or she may purchase a replacement license for $10. Veterans also have the option of adding the designation to an ID card for $16.
Motor Vehicle Division Administrator Brenda Nordlund said, “The veteran designation on driver licenses is a trend that has swept the U.S. Montana is one of several states that adopted legislation in 2013. Our neighboring states also have or are adopting the designation on their licenses.”
Last October, the Motor Vehicle Division provided another service to veterans by making it possible for a qualified military service member to apply for a commercial driver license (CDL) without skills testing. The implementing legislation was also passed this year and was sponsored by Representative Champ Edmunds — Missoula. Information on the military CDL skills test waiver can be found at https://doj.mt.gov/driving/commercial-driver-licensing/#militarywaiver.