SPRINGFIELD – All veterans who served honorably in the military will soon be able to receive the veteran identifier on their driver’s licenses, thanks to a new law co-sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“It’s important that we recognize all who have answered the call to serve our nation in the military,” said Sen. Barickman, who served in the Illinois Army National Guard. “This new law will help make sure National Guard Members and reservists are able to take part.”
Previously, individuals could only have the veteran identifier added to their driver’s licenses if they served on active duty.
Senate Bill 2173 allows the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) to approve additional forms of proof-of-service for veterans, allowing all veterans of reserve components and the National Guard to qualify.
“I had constituents who were unable to get the veteran identifier despite serving honorably in the National Guard or Reserve,” said Sen. Barickman. “This will right that wrong for thousands of veterans in Illinois.”
Veterans can have the identifier added to their licenses at no cost when they renew their licenses. They can also get updated licenses before their renewal date for $5.