VETERAN STATUS ON YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE OR ID CARD:
The MVA offers a Veteran designation on a driver’s license or identification (ID) card for qualifying veterans. The designation indicates that you are eligible for State or Federal Veteran benefits. A “W” code will be placed on the front of the license or ID, and the word "veteran" on the back, indicating that you are a United States Veteran.
To qualify, please present your United States Military Veteran documentation (original or certified copy issued by the appropriate department/agency) certifying your veteran status. You can add the Veteran designation when you apply for, renew or correct your driver’s license or ID card.
There is a fee to add or remove the designation on your license or ID card if you are correcting it.
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The acceptable proof of veteran status documents are:
DD214 Military Discharge Certificate, or;
Honorable Discharge Certificate, or;
Letter for the 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:
General Under Honorable Conditions, or;
Discharged or Released under conditions other than Dishonorable
If you do not have acceptable proof of your veteran status that indicates 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..
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.
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