Senate panel approves bill to waive personal identification card fee for veterans

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would waive fees for veterans who want a state identification card.

Senate Bill 404 would direct the secretary of state to waive the $10 fee for veterans who need a state issued personal identification card.

“By eliminating this fee for veterans, they will be able to apply for an ID card that will help grant them access to many valuable programs they’ve earned through their service,” said Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, sponsor of SB 404. “Many veterans don’t utilize the various programs that exist for their benefit because they do not have the proper identification. We should do what we can to ensure that those who have defended our country have access to the services and programs they have earned.”

The legislation would add veterans to the list of individuals who currently receive a waived fee for a state personal identification card as long as they can provide proof that they are a veteran to the secretary of state.

The bill now advances to the full Senate for consideration.