DES MOINES, Iowa — A new Iowa law will allow veterans to have a designation on their driver's license or identification card.

The state Department of Transportation says the law was implemented Tuesday, several months ahead of schedule.

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The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last year, is a voluntary initiative designed to help veterans get discounts throughout the state without carrying official military documents.

Iowa law only allows the designation when a driver's license or identification card is first issued or renewed.