What’s less well known is what happens on a man’s 26th birthday.
Forty states and the District of Columbia link Selective Service to driver’s licenses. But some of those allow men to opt out of registration, and about a quarter of Americans in their early 20s don’t have drivers’ licenses.
Men who fail to register for the draft by then can no longer do so — forever closing the door to government benefits like student aid, a government job or even U.S. citizenship.
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