Veterans get fast fix for driver’s license notation


From left, Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green, Blount County District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, and Blount County District 34 Rep. David Standridge join to announce improvements affecting veterans and other citizens who need to interact with the Driver License Examination Office in Blount County and statewide.

From left, Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green, Blount County District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, and Blount County District 34 Rep. David Standridge join to announce improvements affecting veterans and other citizens who need to interact with the Driver License Examination Office in Blount County and statewide.

Veterans can now add the Veteran Endorsement or Veteran Status designation (referred to hereafter as the veteran’s logo) to their Alabama driver’s license by going to the Blount County Probate Office and getting it done with less time waiting in line than previously.

Previously, veterans had to go to the Driver License Examination office in the basement and wait in line – and wait in line – and wait in line – with people taking their driver’s test. No longer. Now veterans should go to the probate office and present their military DD-214 form (see below) in order to have their driver’s license reissued with the veteran’s identification logo imprinted on the license. The process is the same as for renewing your driver’s license. An updated photo will be taken, a temporary license will be issued, and a new permanent license will be mailed to your residence in two to three weeks.

The veteran’s designation on the license makes it possible to get discounts and other benefits available only to veterans, providing they can prove their status, which the driver’s license veteran’s logo does. Example: Recently, Alabama state parks announced free admission for veterans.

That’s not all. Other upgrades are available to non-veterans: (1) You can now renew your driver’s license online, saving time, aggravation, and last minute panic attacks, (2) Those needing to take the driving test before getting a driver’s license can now schedule a testing time on line. How? For both needs, go to the State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website at www.alea.gov and click on the heading “Renew Your License or Schedule an Appointment Online” on the home page and follow the prompts.

You can thank the Alabama House of Representatives Interim Committee on Driver License Review for those upgrades. They’ve worked to improve services and reduce waiting lines at Driver License Exam offices, without raising taxes or fees, and without cumbersome legislation.

Shedd is chairman of that committee and took a lead role in streamlining procedures to simplify them for veterans and others. Shedd credited both Green and Standridge as influential partners in helping bring those changes about, at both the county and state levels, adding he wanted the folks at home to know that because of their combined efforts, Blount County had helped improve services for people both at home and statewide.

Other nice to know details

• Other forms of military documentation can apply, including the DD Form 2 for individual ready reserve and inactive National Guard members and certain retired service personnel. NGB form 22 is also acceptable documentation. This list is not complete.

• The same procedures apply to get the veteran’s logo added to the Alabama Non-Driver Identification Card.

• The cost for having a driver’s license re-issued with the veteran’s logo added is $31.25.

• Some may choose to have the veteran’s logo added when their license normally comes up for renewal, thus avoiding the additional fee. The regular fee for renewal at the expiration date is $36.25.