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NM offers driver’s license identifying veterans

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SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is adding a feature on its driver’s licenses to indicate that someone is a veteran.

State officials said Friday the designation will make it easier for veterans to provide proof they served in the military without needing to carry copies of their discharge papers. Veterans sometimes qualify for discounts at businesses.

There’s no extra cost to have the designation on a license.

People with a currently valid license must pay an $18 replacement or renewal fee to get a new license, including one with the veteran’s designation.

To obtain the veteran’s license, individuals need to provide the state with a form showing they were discharged from the military or they can provide a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical identification, military retiree card or National Guard identification.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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