New Law Allows Veteran Designation on SD Driver License

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new law that will take effect July 1 will allow military veterans to have a veteran designation on their state-issued driver license. Steve Harding, Deputy Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and Veterans Affairs says in a press release that starting the new “veteran” identification will make it easier for those who have served in the military to verify their veteran status. South Dakota has over 74,000 veterans and Harding says the new initiative for honorably discharged veterans is a good example of state agencies working together to help those who have sacrificed for their country. The 2012 Legislature passed the law allowing the new designation on driver’s licenses. Starting next week, veterans can present their DD-214 or a certificate signed by a county or tribal veteran’s service officer at any South Dakota driver license office. The fee for a duplicate license is $10 and for a license renewal is $20. Cindy Gerber, Director of the South Dakota Driver Licensing Program says veterans also have to provide other documents needed by those who apply for a South Dakota driver license. To view the list of required documents, visit

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