Assemblymember Frazier Introduces Bill To Establish A “Veterans” Designation On Driver’s Licenses

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) introduced Assembly Bill 531, which will allow California military veterans to apply for a driver’s license that clearly identifies them as a veteran.

There are a number of federal, state, and local benefits and services available to veterans, including assistance with employment, housing, health and counseling benefits, educational opportunities and many more.  Allowing veterans to apply for a driver’s license with a “Veteran” designation will allow them to quickly and easily identify themselves and access the services and benefits they are entitled to, without having to carry around their official discharge papers.

“We have 1.8 million veterans in California, and I feel honored and privileged to author this bill to recognize their service and to provide an easier form of identification for them to access benefits.” said Assemblymember Frazier.

“This bill is a simple yet effective way for our state to let military veterans know that they are appreciated for the service they have offered to defend our American way of life,” said Ted Puntillo, Director of Veteran Services for Solano County.  “It will be invaluable for law enforcement, for government agencies that offer services to veterans, and for retailers who offer discounts to veterans.  This process will also help to alert veterans to the benefits from the Veterans Administration that they may not know about.”

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier or receive updates on AB 531, please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/

CONTACT: Lawrence Cooper (916) 319-2011, lawrence.cooper@asm.ca.gov