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How to Add the Veteran Designation to Your DL/ID Card

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How to Add the Veteran Designation to Your DL/ID Card

New Veteran Designation

Effective November 12, 2015, eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their DL/ID card to indicate that they have served in the U.S. Military.  It can also play a critical role in enabling access to certain privileges, benefits, or compensation associated with being a veteran without having to carry and produce a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

To apply for the veteran designation on your DL/ID card, you will need to: 

Obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001) which will be issued by the County Veteran Service Office. This form is not available from DMV. 
Bring the completed VSD-001 to a DMV field office. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.  
Complete and pay the application fee for the Driver License or Identification Card Application/Commercial Driver License Application (DL 44/44C).
Pay an additional $5 fee to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. 

Once all requirements have been met, a DL/ID card with the word "VETERAN" will be issued.  

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collaborates with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to offer veterans of the United States (U.S.) Military the opportunity to request benefit information. Veterans can request benefit information whenever they submit to the DMV a Driver License or Identification Card Application,  Commercial Driver License Application form or when renewing their driver license or identification (DL/ID) card online by checking the "Yes" box when asked if they would like to receive veteran benefit information. As a result, the DMV will forward the contact information to CalVet to provide benefit information to the requesting veteran.

Statutory Authority: Vehicle Code (VC) §§12811, 14901.1

Commonly Asked Questions

How can I add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
First, visit a County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form. Submit the completed Veteran Status Verification Form in-person at a DMV field office, along with a completed Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form. You must indicate on the application that you wish to have the veteran designation printed on your DL/ID card. All other application fees and requirements for a DL/ID card must be met before a DL/ID card with a veteran designation can be issued.

How do I find a CVSO?
CVSO contact information can be found online by visiting CVSO Locations or calling 1-877-741-8532 or 1-844-737-8838 (1-844 SERV-VETS).

What information do I provide to the CVSO to get the Veteran Status Verification Form?
The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and a photo ID such as a current driver license, current passport, retired military ID card, Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), etc.

Will my personal information be shared with anyone?
No. For more information, visit DMV's Privacy Policy.

Are there any veteran eligibility requirements or restrictions to adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. To find out more about discharge status requirements, please contact your local CVSO by phone at (844) SERV-VET (844-737-8838) or look up your local office.

Is there a requirement of discharge status to add the veteran designation?
Yes. To find out more about discharge status requirements, please contact your local CVSO by phone at (844) SERV-VET (844-737-8838) or look up your local office.

When can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
The new law is effective on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.  However, since Veterans Day is a state holiday, the DMV will begin processing applications for DL/ID cards with the veteran designation on November 12, 2015.

Where can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
You can apply for the veteran designation at any DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.

Is there a fee for adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. There is a $5 fee in addition to any application fees for a DL/ID card.

Can I have the veteran designation on both my DL and ID card?
Yes. The veteran designation can be added to both your DL and your ID card.

Do I need two Veteran Status Verification Forms; one for my DL and a second for my ID card?
No. One Veteran Status Verification Form can be used to add the veteran designation to both your DL and your ID card.

If I have a Senior ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my Senior ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your Senior ID card.

If I have a reduced fee ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your reduced fee ID card.

How can I remove the veteran designation from my DL or ID card?
The veteran designation can be removed from your DL/ID card by completing the Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form and indicating that you would like the veteran designation removed. This must be completed at a DMV field office.

Is there a fee to remove the veteran designation?
No. There is no fee to remove the veteran designation from your DL/ID card; however, required application fees for a DL/ID card may apply.

Can I submit my request for the veteran designation through the mail or online?
No. California Vehicle Code section 12811(c)(5) requires you to apply for the veteran designation, in-person, at a DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran   designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133.  For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.

Will I have to take a test to add the veteran designation to my DL or ID card?
No. There is no test to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. However, when applying for an original DL/ID card or renewing your current DL/ID card, all other application fees and requirements apply, which may include a test.

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