Monday, August 29, 2011

Rep. Isaac Passes Legislation for Veteran's Driver's License

AUSTIN, TX - During the 82nd legislative session, Rep. Jason Isaac
(R-Dripping Springs) was successful in passing legislation that will
allow veterans to add an endorsement to their Texas driver's license.
House Bill 1514 will help honorably discharged veterans of the United
States Armed Forces more easily prove their status.

Rep. Isaac commented, "I have many veterans in my family, and it was
recently brought to my attention that they often must carry their
discharge form (DD-214) with them at all times in order to prove their
status. Many businesses, organizations, and events provide certain
benefits to this honorable group of citizens and it seems unnecessary
that this cumbersome form is the only proof of service that they
currently have. Adding a small endorsement to a veteran's driver's
license is a common sense solution to this issue."

The bill take effect on September 1st, but because the Department of
Public Safety (DPS) will need to establish and approve rules as well
as develop software for the new license, it may not be available until
several months later. DPS is already working on the implementation of
the bill and veterans across the state are welcome to call Rep.
Isaac's office or request to join his email newsletter list for
updates on the progress of the license.

When the development is complete, veterans will simply have to present
proof of honorable service at the DPS office when they renew their
license in order to have the endorsement added.

Rep. Isaac continued, "My hope is that this will not only make day to
day life more convenient for veterans, but also cut down on instances
of fraud in which non-veterans seek benefits reserved for those who
have bravely served our country. Although no license, tax exemption,
or benefit can ever repay the debt owed to our veterans, I hope these
efforts are a small token of appreciation for their service."

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