Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
July 1st of this year marked another milestone for veterans in Nebraska. It was the first day they could apply to have a "veteran" designation added to their driver's license or state identification card. This is a great way to recognize and honor our veterans.
On June 4, 2013, I signed into law LB 93 which made the veteran designation possible. This law provides for qualified veterans to register with the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs to become eligible for the designation to be placed on their license.
The veteran designation can be added to a driver license or state identification card at the time of renewal with no additional fee. The statutorily mandated fee for a replacement license will be required for persons desiring to add the designation at other times.
There are approximately 140,000 veterans in Nebraska, and that number represents many years of sacrifice to our country. Adding a veteran designation to the driver license provides an outward symbol of gratitude for their service. Veterans who apply and are issued a driver's license or state identification card with the veteran designation will be able to receive recognition from persons whom they come in contact with on a day to day basis.
Additionally, this past legislative session, I signed into law several bills which honor the men and women who have served our country. Legislative Bill 383 provides for military honor plates to be issued beginning in January of 2016.
Legislation was enacted which will give veterans preference when seeking employment, provide in-state tuition for recently separated veterans, provide income tax exemptions for portions of military retirement, and provide homestead exemptions for some disabled veterans and their family members.
Nebraska is proud of its veterans and their service to our country. I encourage all Nebraskans to acknowledge and share their appreciation to veterans when they see a driver license or state identification card displayed containing the veteran designation.
Veterans who want to register with the Nebraska Veteran's Affairs Office, can visit www.veterans.nebraska.gov, or by calling or emailing the Nebraska Veterans' Affairs Office. Once they are on the registry, they can apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the designation placed on their driver license or state identification card.
To add the designation to a driver's license through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, please visit www.ClickDMV.ne.gov. The designation can also be added at any of the driver license stations across the state.