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Military ID Card Is Not Enough To Obtain A Driver's Liscense

October 20, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

A law aimed at protecting Missourians made it hard for one veteran to obtain a driver's license.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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An Iraq War veteran who provided only his military ID to the DMV was denied a driver's license.

Under the state's "Show Me Proof" requirements a birth certificate or passport is needed.

Jerry Newberry, national spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, says the Department of Motor Vehicles should accept military IDs.

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"Someone who just returned from putting their life on the line to defend their liberties and freedoms. I just can't imagine how that person felt when they were turned down."

Background checks are performed on people who apply for a military ID card and they must also provide a birth certificate before an ID is issued.

From the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.

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A Military Identification card is not sufficient proof to obtain a Missouri Driver's License.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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The Department of Revenue says additional forms of proof such as a birth certificate or passport are needed for a veteran to get a driver's license.

The Department of Motor Vehicles denied one Iraq War veteran a drivers license because he only had his military ID card.

Jerry Newberry, national spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, says a military ID should be enough.

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"In order to obtain that military ID, a person's background is checked very thoroughly, an FBI check is done. It's a heck of a lot better process than anybody else with any other type of identification."

Missouri's "Show Me Proof" regulations, which went into effect in July, impose tougher restrictions to obtain a driver's license.

From the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.