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Virginians can now choose to indicate their blood type on driver’s licenses and ID cards to help assist first responders in the event of an emergency.
Residents will have the option to place their blood type on cards when they renew or replace a license or ID card online or through any in person DMV customer service center.
The blood type will be displayed with a small icon on the front of your license or ID.
Proof of blood type is not required by the DMV, it is the responsibility of the individual to self-certify and make sure the correct blood type is selected.
The decision to add blood types to identification cards was originally introduced by Virginia Senator George L. Barker as a state senate bill.
DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey supported the decision stating, “The law was intended to aid individuals and first responders when every second counts in an emergency. DMV is proud to provide Virginians with options.”