VETERAN STATUS CODE:
Effective January 1, 2013: If you are able to present certain United States Military Veteran documentation (original or certified copy issued by the appropriate department/agency) certifying your veteran status you may apply to add a "W" restriction code indicating that you are a United States Veteran onto your Maryland Driver's license or identification (ID) card. You can add this "W" restriction code when you are processed for a license or ID card Renewal, Correction or New product.
In choosing to add this code to your driver's license or ID card, you consent to being contacted by the appropriate Executive Branch agencies regarding your eligibility for State or Federal Veteran benefits.
"Veteran" means an individual who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, other than for training, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
If you do not have one of the below acceptable proof of veteran status documents indicating a discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable, you will need to contact the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Service Office to obtain documentation verifying your status as a veteran. You may call 1-800-446-4926 or visit the MDVA website at: http://www.mdva.state.md.us/about/serviceProgram.html for information and assistance.
The acceptable proof of veteran status documents are:
- DD-214 Military Discharge Certificate, or;
- Honorable Discharge Certificate, or;
- Letter from U.S. Military Center in St. Louis, Missouri, or;
- Letter from the Maryland Veterans Administration Service Program
The acceptable documents must show the Veteran Status as:
- Honorable, or;
- General, or;
- General Under Honorable Conditions, or;
- Discharged or Released under conditions other than Dishonorable.
Note: There is a fee if the applicant chooses to add or remove this designation/restriction code onto your license or ID card as a correction.
CDL MILITARY WAIVER
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently adopted regulations in order to assist Veterans in their transition from their military occupation to a civilian career. Effective January 1, 2013, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will have the ability to waive the driver skills test required in order to obtain a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for recently discharged service members who meet specific criteria.
Individuals must have 2 years of experience driving vehicles as part of their job function immediately preceding their discharge from the military and have a good driving record. The Commanding Officer will certify the service member's years of operating the vehicle as well as the type of vehicle operated to determine appropriate license classification. The applicant must pass the CDL knowledge test and the waiver only applies to CDL License Classes A and B For additional information please visit FMCSA’s website: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/Military-CDL-Waiver.aspx.