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Michigan Introduces Special Driver’s Licenses For Veterans

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Veterans can now apply for a driver's license that shows they've served our country. That means they will not have to show proof with papers.

Marine Veteran Douglas Williams like any other honorably discharged veteran, has a DD214.

But it's not every day he carries around the 8.5x11 document.

“I don't always carry it whenever I go anywhere. If I go into a store that advertises a 10 percent discount or a discount of any kind and they want me to produce it, I can’t produce it,” said Williams.

In fact many veterans are on the same page. “A lot of them do lose them, misplace them for whatever reason. In fires or for whatever reason, etc. etc. they could lose them,” said Williams.

Now the state of Michigan is offering a simple solution. Starting May 1, veterans can apply for a new driver's license with a special designation written in bold red letters. This cuts down on paperwork and allows honorable recognition for the veterans.

“My sister, she is a veteran of the navy, she showed me her DD214 that she carries around for discounts, it's all dog-eared and it's not really convenient to carry. This will make it so much easier and better, you're already carrying your driver's license or your state ID,” said Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State.

“Anytime a store puts it out there that they're offering a discount or that there’s anything of a benefit because you are a veteran, then I think it's a great move,” said Williams.

This move will help others recognize and honor veterans. For veterans they get to carry their pride in their pockets.

Veterans can start getting these new licenses starting May 1, just in time for military appreciation month.

It is free if you are renewing your license, but if you can't wait, $9 will get you a brand new license with the designation.

By Sharon Yoo, 6 News Intern
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