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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Erie County, NY - Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs issued a letter today to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala encouraging her to reevaluate one element of the new veterans designation on the New York State driver’s license, permit and non-driver identification card.

Clerk Jacobs is asking Commissioner Fiala to waive the $12.85 fee that veterans would be required to pay in order to have this veteran’s designation placed on their license or ID, unless it is during a renewal. “I ask that you reconsider this charge and allow any veteran to obtain this free of any cost,” Jacobs said in his letter.

According to Jacobs, some years ago New York State extended the license renewal period from 5 years to 8 years. “Thus, if a veteran recently renewed their driver license they would either have to wait nearly 8 years to obtain a veterans decal on their license or pay the $12.85 additional fee,” added County Clerk Jacobs.

County Clerk Jacobs stated, “I think this designation on New York licenses and Id’s should be a benefit conferred to the New York State Veteran community free of charge and not a revenue generator for government.”

If you have any questions in regards to the new veterans’ designation, please contact the Erie County Auto Bureau Call Center at (716) 858-7450 for additional information.