ELIZABETH, NJ  - Disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients in Union County can obtain documents to participate in a new statewide program that exempts them from paying at parking meters. Free veterans' identification cards and copies of DD-214 honorable discharge forms can be obtained for free at the County Clerk's office, located in the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad St. in Elizabeth.

The cards and DD-214 copies enable veterans gain access to discounts and important benefits, with Veterans requiring such documents to obtain the vehicle placard from the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), which will exempt them from paying parking fees at municipal meters.

The placard may only be used in a vehicle that is owned by the disabled veteran or Purple Heart recipient, and only when the veteran is a driver or passenger in the vehicle. To learn more about the program application process, visit the MVC's website or call 609-292-6500.

The County Clerk also provides a Veterans Discount Directory of businesses in the County, and helps veterans apply for peddler licenses for free. For more information about these services or to list a business in the County Clerk’s Veterans Discount Directory, visit the County Clerk's website or call 908-527-4787.