Lewisboro Ledger: Cuomo Signs Ball’s Veterans Bill

Greg Ball

October 22, 2012


Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed state Sen. Greg Ball’s bill S6799 into law. The bill requires that New York state driver’s licenses or identification cards indicate if the cardholder is a veteran of the armed forces.

To obtain that status, veterans must present proof of veteran’s status, such as a certificate of release or discharge from active duty, including, but not limited to, a DD Form 214 or other proof satisfactory to the state.

“It is impossible to fully express both my excitement and appreciation for the governor’s support,” said Mr. Ball, whose 40th District includes Lewisboro and Katonah. “The biggest problem we face in providing services and benefits to veterans is actually being able to identify them, especially returning veterans. This will now give veterans the option of indicating their service on their driver’s licenses. Once identified we can proactively communicate with veterans to connect them to the hundreds of services and benefits available. I am proud to be the sponsor of this bill and I thank the governor for his continued support and leadership on this critical matter.”

The law takes effect in one year, according to Mr. Ball, who is the chairman of the state Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

In the meantime, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will revise its application and make accommodations to handle requests for a status mark. In addition, the review of documents supporting an honorable discharge from the armed forces will be an additional task for DMV staff during the license renewal process. (ARTICLE)