NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The state Office of Motor Vehicles will have its mobile unit at the National World War II Museum from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning and will open 44 offices across the state during those hours so veterans can get new driver's licenses or ID cards honoring their service.
The new licenses can be used at retailers which have discounts for veterans but won't substitute for the official papers needed for state or federal veterans' programs, said Robin Keller, spokeswoman for state Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson.
"As secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran, I am proud that the state of Louisiana has chosen to honor its heroes with prominent veteran designation on Louisiana driver's licenses and ID's. I encourage all Louisiana veterans to take advantage of this opportunity to be recognized for their honorable service to our country," Carson said.
Those who are getting a duplicate license or renewing their licenses will have to pay the usual fees. There won't be any fee for those who turn in current licenses or ID cards for the new ones.
Veterans must bring proof of their service to get the new cards.
For those who served after 1950, it's a DD-214.
Those who served earlier can bring one of these forms:
—WD AGO (War Department Adjutant General) Forms, including WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55
—JAVPERS (Naval Personnel) Discharge Documents, including NAVPERS 553, NAVMC78PD, NAVCG 553
—National Personnel Records Center NPRC "Statement of Service," issued because a discharge record was destroyed in the 1973 National Archives fire.
National Guard/Air National Guard veterans must have NGB-22 with 6 or more years of service.
The OMV offices to be open Saturday morning are in: Abbeville, Alexandria, Algiers, Baker, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Express, Bogalusa, Bossier City, Breaux Bridge, Chalmette, Crowley, Deridder, Gonzales, Hammond, Harvey, Houma, Jennings, Jonesville, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Leesville, Livingston, Mandeville, Many, Marksville, Metairie, Minden, Monroe, Morgan City, Natchitoches, New Iberia, New Roads, Oak Grove, Opelousas, Pineville, Port Allen, Reserve, Shreveport, Slidell, Sulphur, Thibodaux, Westwego and Winnsboro.
Veterans can get the licenses before and after Saturday at their local Office of Motor Vehicles.