County Clerk’s Office Press Release

Dennis J. Sant
County Clerk

Michael C. Bartolotti
First Deputy County Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE APPLAUDS THE SIGNING OF LEGISLATION WHICH ELIMINATES FEE FOR VETERAN’S DISTINCTION ON DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER ID CARDS

Putnam County Clerk Dennis J. Sant and First Deputy Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti today thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation which eliminates the fee for the addition of a Veteran’s distinction on a driver’s license or
non-driver identification card prior to renewal. The Bill unanimously passed both the New York State Senate (Bill S5955A) and Assembly (Bill A8231A) earlier in the year.

“With the Governor signing this legislation into law, Veterans across New York State have the right to proudly display their service and status on their drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards at no additional cost,” said Bartolotti. “This is another way to honor the men and women who have served our great nation not only on Veteran’s Day, but every day.”

In 2013, a law was enacted to allow honorably discharged service men and women the option of having their Veteran status on drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards. Unfortunately, the State DMV interpreted this law to require a Veteran to pay a $12.50 amendment fee to add the Veteran status when requested prior to the renewal date of the document. County Clerks throughout New York State rallied against the imposition of this unnecessary fee.

NYSACC passed a Resolution setting forth the County Clerks’ position that any fees associated with displaying the Veteran status on a NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID card should be waived and should not be imposed. In 2014, this position was of the highest priority in the County Clerks’ 2014 Legislative Agenda which was delivered to members of the State Legislature.

“I am pleased that the Governor has joined County Clerks who are committed to honoring those who have served our great nation by signing this legislation into law,” said Sant.

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For further information, call: Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301