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ADOT MVD offers two new services for military veterans

Veteran designation introduced for driver licenses; CDL waivers go into effect
September 09, 2013

PHOENIX — Effective Sept. 16, two new services will be offered to military veterans by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Veterans will have the option to have a designation on their Arizona-issued driver license, commercial driver license, identification card or instruction permit denoting their military service. In addition, veterans applying for an Arizona commercial driver license will have the option to request a waiver of the skills test if they meet certain requirements.

“ADOT is proud to offer these new services, which will help to recognize the sacrifices of our military veterans while also supporting their efforts to obtain employment in the civilian workforce,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “Efforts by Governor Brewer, the Arizona Legislature and veteran-support organizations helped to make these new services a reality for the thousands of veterans in Arizona.”

The first new service will allow a military veteran to request a new credential with the distinguishing mark “VETERAN” added to the front. A new driver license/identification card application is required for this service along with verification of veteran eligibility.

Information explaining the documentation requirements can be obtained online at azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/MilitaryPersonnel/veteran-designation or by visiting any local ADOT Motor Vehicle Division office or authorized third party office that processes credentials. All requests for the veteran designation mark to be added to a credential must be accomplished in person at an MVD or authorized third party office; there may be a fee for a duplicate credential.

The process to have the veteran designation added can begin with an online application using the “Be Prepared” feature located at azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services. Using the online application will save time when completing the process at an MVD or authorized third party office.

The other new service is for veterans applying for an Arizona-issued commercial driver license. Applicants whose position in the military required the operation of a commercial motor vehicle will have the option during the application process to request a waiver of the commercial driver license skills test.

MVD may waive the commercial driver license skills test for applicants who are on active duty in the military or have separated under honorable conditions in the last 90 days and have driven a commercial motor vehicle for two years prior to their application. Information explaining the waiver requirements can be obtained online at azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/MilitaryPersonnel/cdl-skills-test-waiver or by visiting any MVD office that handles commercial driver license application processing. For CDL office locations please visit azdot.gov/mvd/driver-services/commercial-driver-license/cdl-office-locations.

For more information about all the services provided by the MVD, please visit azdot.gov or ServiceArizona.com.

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at 602.712.8946 or at [email protected]. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles al 602.712.8946 o en [email protected]. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.