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State of Nebraska issues nearly 2,700 special veterans driver's licenses

Omaha World Herald

LINCOLN — Nearly 2,700 Nebraska military veterans have obtained special driver's licenses available through a new state program.

“I'm proud Nebraska continues to find unique ways to recognize our veterans,” Gov. Dave Heineman said during a press conference called Wednesday to promote the service.

A law that took effect this summer allows Nebraska veterans to have the word “veteran” printed in bold letters at the bottom of their driver’s licenses or state identification cards. Heineman, a U.S. Army veteran, said he has a special operator’s license.

In order to qualify for the designation, veterans must sign up on the Veterans Registry through the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs. Information about the registry can be found at or by calling 402-471-2458 or emailing to

About 12,000 of the state’s roughly 140,000 military veterans have registered. There is no fee for the designation if applicants add it at the time of their license renewal.

Starting in January, veterans and active military members can obtain special license plates in honor of their service in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard.