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California Launches Veteran Driver License and ID Card


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November 10, 2015

California Launches Veteran Driver License and ID Card

Veterans can apply for “Veteran” designation beginning November 12

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) announce a new program honoring our Veterans by allowing them to apply for a "Veteran" designation on California driver licenses and identification (ID) cards. 

“California’s new driver license and identification card program honors and recognizes the military service of our Veterans,” said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, CalVet’s Secretary. “I encourage our Veterans to contact a local CVSO and start the process and learn about their earned benefits, just as I have.  As an added bonus, the new ‘Veteran’ designation means businesses can easily confirm Veteran status when offering discounts.” 

Obtaining your “Veteran” designation for a driver license or ID card is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Get Records. Find your military discharge certificate (DD214).  If you need assistance obtaining your military records, then contact any County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Visit Any CVSO. Take your DD214 and government identification to any CVSO to obtain your Veteran Status Verification Form. For faster CVSO service, you can make an appointment with any CVSO by calling 844-737-8838 or finding your local CVSO at
  3. Visit Any DMV.  Go online or call DMV for an appointment.  Then bring your Veteran Status Verification Form to any DMV field office. Pay any application fees in addition to a $5.00 Veteran designation fee, and complete all application and testing requirements. To schedule an appointment at any DMV field office, visit or call 800-777-0133.

“The DMV is prepared to start helping veterans apply for the ‘Veteran’ designation on Thursday, November 12, 2015,” said Frank Alvarez, DMV Investigations Deputy Director and Veteran.  “To make sure veterans are prepared when they visit any of our 174 field offices, we set up a webpage specifically designed for Veterans, Active Military, and their families to help them in this process and with other military services at DMV.”



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