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New Illinois law streamlines ID process for veterans

OTTAWA — Legislation that aims to make it easier for current and former members of the military obtain IDs signifying they are veterans was recently signed into law.

“It is common sense to pass laws that make life easier for our veterans, which this new law will do,” said state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, in a press release.

“This law will help streamline government operations while providing better services for Illinois’ veterans.”

House Bill 3216, which was sponsored by Yednock, streamlines the Secretary of State Office’s process to issue driver’s licenses or identification cards with the word “veteran” printed on them.

Yednock’s law eases the process on qualified veterans by allowing the office to first issue IDs to them and then the nearest Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) branch will certify veterans’ information from their DD-214 forms. The newly-issued IDs can be canceled if a DVA facility determines wrongdoing or misrepresentation from an applicant.

“Veterans have put up with too much government red tape and bureaucracy, but this law helps mitigate that by cutting some obstacles,” said Yednock.

“As a new member of the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council, I will continue to work passing new laws that will streamline services that benefit our brave men and women.”

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