BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced today that effective immediately duplicate license/ID cards with specific “Veteran’s Indicator” status would be available upon request to eligible veterans at no cost. The “Veteran’s Indicator” is a physical symbol that appears on the credential and can be used to obtain identified services for veterans.
“Our administration is pleased to offer this service free of charge to support the courageous men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is our hope that Veterans across the Commonwealth will choose to have a veteran’s indicator added to their Registry credentials to receive the recognition and support they duly deserve.”
Eligible veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who were honorably discharged can choose to have the word “Veteran” printed on their driver’s license/ID card. If a veteran’s license/ID card is not eligible for renewal, the individual can obtain a duplicate license/ID card for no fee with the “Veteran’s Indicator”. The RMV is changing its current policy, and will no longer charge a $25 fee for an eligible veteran who adds this indicator as part of a duplicate transaction.
“The Registry of Motor Vehicles thanks veterans for their dedication, time and service,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney. “The new no cost transaction for veterans gives us an opportunity to show our support in a meaningful way.”
Requests for this new transaction can only be processed in person at an RMV Service Center or designated AAA locations. Veterans will need to present a completed Class D, M, or D/M License and ID Card Application and one of the following documents to prove eligibility:
· ADD-214 that indicates “Honorable” in the Character of Service box or Character of Separation box. Only the long form (full page) DD-214 is acceptable; the short form (half page) cannot be accepted.
· ADD-215 that indicates honorable discharge.
· An Honorable Discharge form. This form was used during WWII and the Korean War and does not display a Character of Service box or a Character of Separation box.
One of the documents listed above must be presented even if the customer has Veterans’ Plates.
According to the Massachusetts Veteran Services, there are over 365,000 veterans living in Massachusetts. As of October 31, 2016, there were approximately 43,493 customers with active licenses that have the indicator already.
Veterans will have to pay the normal renewal fees if they add the indicator when they renew the driver’s license or Identification Card, as they would have to pay those fees otherwise.