Veterans designation available on driver's license and state ID

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

For the state of Missouri, Veterans may now acquire a veteran designation on their Missouri driver's license or state ID as part of Senate Bill 470, signed by Gov. Nixon.

Effective Aug. 28, veterans may obtain their veterans designation by visiting any Missouri license office with a copy of the DD-214 showing the veteran's discharge as "honorable," "general," "under honorable conditions" or "general under honorable conditions" and pay the required fees for the license or ID card.

The veterans designation, a ribbon with the word "veteran" inside, will be printed on the back of the card.

If the driver's license does not expire within the following six months of receiving the veterans designation, a duplicate card will be received with the same expiration date as the current license. If the driver's license does expire in the following six months, an early license renewal will be given. The veteran will be required to present documents that verify name, date of birth, place of birth, Social Security number, and Missouri residential address.

"Veterans in Missouri have wanted a veterans designation for a long time, instead of always having to carry their DD-214," said Larry D. Kay, Missouri Veterans Commission executive director. "By listening to the needs of its veterans, Missouri has once again shown its support for those who have served."

To get assistance on obtaining a copy of their DD-214, veterans should call 1-866-VET-INFO to contact a MVC Veterans Service Officer, or visit In addition, veterans should check their local Veterans Service Organization because some posts have Service Officers available there.

The Missouri Veterans Commission is a state agency that facilitates the Veterans Service Program, seven State Veteran Homes, and five State Veterans Cemeteries. The Missouri Veterans Commission is dedicated to serving and honoring Missouri's veterans.

For more information regarding the Missouri Veterans Commission, call 573-751-3779 or visit

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