Pennsylvania is cracking down on residents who falsely claim to be veterans on their driver’s license applications.

State Sen. Lisa Baker introduced legislation to criminally prosecute Pennsylvania residents who lie about their veteran status in order to get a special driver’s license. The licenses with "veterans designation" allow vets to easily access discounts, benefits and services.

Of the 190,000 people who applied for these special licenses, an audit found that 350 people were not qualified.

Baker’s legislation, which was signed into law with bipartisan support, makes these false claims punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.

“It’s an insult to veterans and to our taxpayers when someone falsely makes that claim,” she said.


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