Secretary of State's Office offers special designation for military veterans

Posted: Updated:

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has announced that U.S. military veterans will be able to obtain an updated driver's license or identification card that indicates they are a veteran starting July 1.

According to Secretary of State Jesse White, veterans who have received an Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions discharge will be able to receive the veteran's designation on their driver's license or I.D. card.  White says the designation would help ensure that veterans receive the benefits and services they are entitled to.

In order to receive the designation, veterans must obtain official certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.  After obtaining certification, veterans would bring to any Secretary of State Driver Service's Facility to apply for a new, renewal, or updated driver's license or I.D. card.  

This update is being offered at no cost for first-time driver's license applicants and driver's license renewals.  For veterans who choose to add the designation before their renewal date, the cost will be $5 for a driver's license, and $10 for an I.D. card.  Veterans over the age of 65 may obtain an updated state I.D. card at no cost.

For more information, visit

Current Conditions
  • Current Events