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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received reports from numerous circuit court clerk offices of misunderstanding about how veterans can obtain a driver’s license imprinted with the newly authorized “Veteran” designation, which became available on Monday, Sept. 24.
Kentucky veterans who wish to have the designation must present form DD214 — the Department of Defense form that verifies service — at the office of the circuit court clerk when renewing licenses.
•The licenses are not free. A veteran will pay the usual $20 renewal fee.
•However, veterans who renewed licenses between July 12, 2012, when the law authorizing the Veteran designation became effective, and Sept. 24, 2012, when the designation became available, can obtain a replacement without paying the standard $12 fee for a duplicate license. The fee for duplicate is waived for those veterans — and those veterans only. The waiver expires Dec. 31, 2012.
•Veterans who have not yet renewed can request the Veteran designation at license renewal time. The renewal fee is $20.
•Veterans who have not yet renewed, and who wish to obtain a license with the Veteran designation before their renewal date, may do so but must pay the $12 fee of a duplicate license.
In all cases, veterans must present form DD214 at the circuit court clerk’s office to obtain a license with the Veteran designation.