Military veterans from the CNMI will get discounted fees for driver’s licenses via a new law signed by Gov. Eloy S. Inos on Tuesday.
Public Law 19-10 gives CNMI veterans a discounted operator’s license fee benefit.
The law amends a previous Commonwealth code and states that a fee of $40 will be paid for each operator’s license issued, with the exemption of an operator’s license issued to a veteran. A fee of $10 shall be paid for each duplicate or substitute license. The operators’ license fee for a veteran shall be 25 percent less than the fee charged for a similar operator’s license, the bill states.
“The Legislature finds that many brave men and women of the Commonwealth willingly answered the call to defend the freedoms we are enjoying by fighting for our country not only in foreign lands but also in our islands.
“A meaningful way to show our gratitude is by lowering the operator’s license fees for veterans,” the bill states. “Other states and territories have provided such benefits to its veterans and it is time that the Commonwealth further honors the contributions and the sacrifices made by the sons and daughters of the Commonwealth that have led to the freedom we enjoy today,” the bill states.
The bill states that in order to avail of the benefit, the veteran must have served 180 consecutive active service days; must be honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces; and that they must be certified eligible by the CNMI Veterans Office.