Backus wants veteran ID fee suspended

Oswego County Clerk Michael C. Backus has joined several other clerks in New York state calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala to immediately suspend fees related to veterans seeking identification on a driver’s license.

Effective Oct. 3, any person who was a member of the Armed Forces and was honorably discharged can have their status as a veteran displayed on their photo documents by having the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left hand of the photo driver’s license.

Backus said this identification is beneficial to veterans when seeking discounts offered at many retail stores and restaurants.

The identification decal is free, but the state mandates veterans pay a $12.50 fee to make the transaction.

“Our office has been contacted several times by veterans seeking this kind of service and I strongly believe the state should offer this service at no fee as a thank-you to our veterans,” said Backus.

“Asking veterans to pay the $12.50 transaction fee to amend their driver’s license is simply unnecessary considering the sacrifice these folks have made for our country,” he said.

Veterans need to provide proof of an honorable discharge (U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 or DD-215 or Enlisted Separation Paper).

Veterans interested in having their status put on their driver’s license can do so at any one of Oswego County’s DMV offices located in Pulaski, Fulton and Oswego. The veteran’s status will be printed on all of the veteran’s future New York State DMV photo documents.

Additional information on the DMV requirements is available at dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm#vetstat.

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