State - Secretary of State offices provide convenient way to register with Selective Service

The Department of State is prepared to implement an Oct. 1 law that requires it to offer male customers under the age of 26 the opportunity to register with the U.S. Selective Service System when they apply for an original driver's license, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land recently said.

"The Selective Service System is an important component of our country's national security," Land said. "By providing this convenient way for young men to meet their duty of registering with the government, we help safeguard America's future."

Nearly all male U.S. citizens age 18 through 25, as well as immigrant men in that age range residing in this country, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System. Selective Service is an independent federal agency responsible for efficiently and equitably administering a military draft if necessary in a national crisis.

By authority of legislation signed by the governor in 2007, Secretary of State employees will present first-time applicants for an operator's or chauffeur's license who are male and younger than 26 with a Selective Service form. The customer can check "yes" or "no" as to whether he consents to being registered and having his information sent to Selective Service. License applicants may be as young as 14 years 9 months and can make their own decision on the form without parental consent. If a youth gives his consent, he will automatically be registered for selective service upon turning 18.

Declining to give consent does not affect a person's privilege to receive an operator's or chauffeur's license. However, if a man is over the age of 18 years and 30 days and has not registered, he is in violation of the law and may face criminal prosecution and fines. Further, until he registers, he is not eligible for certain federal benefits, such as job training, student financial aid and government employment.

In addition to registering as part of a driver's license application at a Secretary of State office, individuals may register with Selective Service online at, at any U.S. Post Office, on application forms for Federal Student Financial Aid, or at their own high school, if a staff member or teacher has been appointed as a Selective Service registrar.

Published: Wed, Oct 20, 2010


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