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Should veterans have to pay a fee for veteran's status on NYS driver's licenses?

Updated: 10/10/2013 5:50 PM
Created: 10/10/2013 5:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

It's a way for veterans to show their pride in having honorably served our country. The Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing a veteran's status on New York State Driver's licenses. The status will come with a price. It will cost veterans $12.50. Local officials are saying the fee is unnecessary and that veterans have already paid for their status. 

There are about a million veterans throughout New York State, that's $12.5 million dollars. The Department of Motor Vehicles could make off on our veterans. Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo is joining forces with six other county clerks in our area to ask the state to drop the fee for those who have sacrificed enough.

Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Clerk, said, “It's the right thing to do. It's absolutely the right thing to do. When we see a serviceman or woman, we stop and honor them. When you go down the street and you see someone you know has served our country, you shake their hand and thank them. This is a small way to say thank you everyday and it is the absolute right thing to do.”

The license will have the veteran's status on the top left of the card. The Monroe County Clerk's Office already offers a separate status card for free. 

News10NBC spoke to local veterans at the American Legion in Greece. They sat they would like a license with the status on it. It would be one less card they have to carry and most importantly, they consider it a symbol of pride. But when News10NBC told them they would have to pay $12.50 for it, many were disappointed. 

Hank Lowe, American Legion, President Home Corp. said, “I believe we have already paid our price as far as the military goes and there should be no fee for it. It should be done. I understand that things cost money but I just think we've already paid enough.”

The DMV wouldn't speak to us over the phone, but they did release a statement saying, “Any changes to that legislation would, again, have to be proposed and passed by both the New York State Senate and Assembly.  Until that time, the Department of Motor Vehicles is required by legislative statue to charge the $12.50 document amendment fee.”



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