DMV Information for Members of the US Armed Forces, Military Veterans and Military Families
Use this page to quickly find helpful information for those who currently serve in the US Armed Forces and their families, and military veterans and their families.
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NYS DMV Photo Document "Veteran" Status Designation
If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.
There is no additional fee for the veteran status designation on your document, but all regular transaction fees will apply.
To apply for the veteran status designation:
- You must send or provide proof of an honorable discharge. You may apply by mail or at a DMV office by showing your proof(s). Originals or photocopies are acceptable at an office, but send only photocopies by mail. Acceptable proofs are:
- a U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 that indicates an honorable discharge, or
- a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge, or
- if discharged before January 1,1950, an Honorable Discharge form WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553, or an "Enlisted Separation Paper."
- You can apply for the veteran status designation when you renew your driver license by mail using your renewal notice (MV-2) and a photocopy of your proof of honorable discharge.
- You can apply at a DMV office for a renewal or a replacement document with the veteran status designation. Use the Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID form MV-44.
- You cannot apply by phone or online.
- The veteran status will be printed on all of your future NYS DMV photo documents.
Members of The Armed Forces Who Serve Or Served In The War On Terrorism and In Iraq.
Read the FAQs for members of the US Armed Forces who now serve or previously served in the War on Terrorism and in Iraq. You must have a version number of 7.0 or later of Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer to read the FAQs. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader® is free at the Adobe web site.
Customer Service Knowledge Base Answers for Members of the Armed Forces
Driver Licenses, Learner Permits and Non-Driver Photo ID Cards
- Driver Licenses. Provides information about NYS driver license extensions (form MV-75) and renewal while in the Armed Forces, and the use of military-issued driver licenses in NYS.
- Junior Licenses or Learner Permits. Military training is included in the definition of "school or course" for a driver with a junior license or junior learner permit (Class DJ, MJ or DJMJ).
- CDL Military Skills Test Waiver. An applicant for a NYS commercial driver license (CDL) with military experience driving commercial motor vehicles may qualify to apply for a waiver of the NYS CDL skills (road) test. The applicant must meet all other CDL requirements.
- Motorcycle License Road Test Waiver. Information about Armed Forces motorcycle rider courses and the NYS motorcycle license road test waiver.
Vehicle Registrations and Title Certificates
- Second party registration transactions when a registrant cannot visit a DMV office or complete DMV forms. Includes links to form MV-454 (Affirmation for Renewal of Registration for Absentee Owner) and MV-456 (Certification of Disposition of Vehicle on Behalf of Absentee Owner)
- Deferral of vehicle sales tax on form DTF-803 (Claim for Sales Tax Exemption - Title/Registration Motor Vehicle, ATV, Vessel (Boat) or Snowmobile) for members of the US Armed Forces.
- Register a vehicle imported from another country and use form DD-430 (Military Registration and Certificate of Title of Motor Vehicle) as proof of ownership.
- Form MV-412 (Military and Veteran Custom Plates Application), and gallery of military and veteran custom plates.
- The registration class codes for military and veteran custom plates. The list of codes was prepared for the online duplicate vehicle registration transaction.
- Form MV-1E (Statement to Register a Vehicle Under Title 38) and Form MV-1G (Statement to Renew a Vehicle Under Article 38) for vehicles obtained by disabled veterans under Federal Title 38.
- Form MV-1H (Statement to Register a Vehicle with Former POW or Congressional Medal of Honor Plates).
- Form MV-215 Request for Refund that includes instructions to apply for a vehicle registration fee refund if you entered the US Armed Forces after you received a NYS vehicle registration.
Use of a Military Address for a DMV Transaction
- The instructions on Form MV-232 inform you not to report a temporary change of address, and this includes military addresses.
- The instructions for the following online DMV transactions specify that you cannot do the transaction online if your address is not in the US, and this includes military addresses:
- Form CR-78 (NYS Motor Vehicle Dealer and Transporter Regulations) requires an automobile dealer to use the military residence address on a certificate of sale if the purchaser has no other residence address. (Read Section 78.11 on page 20)
Military Documents that You Can Use as Proof of Identity or Date of Birth for DMV Transactions
The pages or documents listed below list the documents issued by the US Armed Forces that you can use as proof of identity or proof of date of birth documents for DMV transactions. The military documents that can be used as proofs are also listed on the application forms and the instruction forms for the transactions.
Read all of the instructions for the transaction. Other proofs are required.