Military vets may get state license designation

OLYMPIA — Military veterans in Washington state may soon get an easier way to prove their service.

A bill approved by the state Senate on Friday would allow former members of the armed forces to get a designation on their driver’s license. The veterans would have to prove their status to the Department of Licensing by showing their official military discharge document.

Republican Sen. Don Benton says veterans want an easier way to prove their history, without having to carry around the paper record. He says the driver’s license designation could allow veterans to easily show their service to qualify for various benefits or discounts.

The Department of Licensing may charge an additional fee for the special licenses, but the fee may not exceed $2.

The bill passed by a 48-1 margin and now goes to the state House.

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