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Veteran Indicator

sample driver's license with veteran indicator On behalf of the Department of Veteran Services (DVS), Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces have the option of adding a veteran indicator to their driver’s license or ID card. Having the word “veteran” appear on your driver’s license or ID card is a convenient way to show your veteran status at retailers and restaurants that offer discounts to veterans.

For information on resources available to Virginia veterans, review the Virginia Veterans Resource Guide developed by DVS or visit their website at http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/.

The Veteran ID Card Frequently Asked Questions provides additional information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the veteran indicator, you must:

  • Be a Virginia resident
  • Apply for or currently hold an unexpired Virginia commercial driver's license, driver's license, learner's permit or DMV-issued ID card
  • Have served either (1) in the active U. S. Armed Forces or (2) for more than 180 days in the Virginia National Guard or U. S. Reserves
  • Have received an honorable discharge
  • Present a photocopy of a veteran service proof document or combination of documents that provide branch of service, discharge date and discharge status (eg. DD 214, DD 256, WD AGO, or NGB 22). Alternatively, you may present your U.S. Military Retiree ID Card (DD Form 2) and a completed Virginia Veteran Military Service Certification application (DL 11).
  • Consent for the information on your application and any subsequent address changes you make to be shared with DVS.

For more information on eligibility, please refer to § 46.2-328.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Cost

There is no fee for the veteran indicator. However, you must pay the standard fee for an original or replacement credential that will display the veteran indicator.

Applying for a Veteran Indicator

When applying for a veteran indicator, make sure that DMV has your current address on your record.

  • You may apply for a veteran indicator online, by mail, by fax, or in person at a DMV customer service center.
  • If you apply online, you must submit the required veteran status proof document(s) to DMV within 45 days of submitting your online application. These documents can be submitted to DMV online, by mail, fax or in person at a DMV customer service center.
  • If you are applying by mail, fax or in person, you must complete a Virginia Veterans Identification Card Application (form DL-11) and provide a copy of your veteran service proof document(s).
    • Mail to:
    • Driver Support Work Center, Room 419
    • P. O. Box 27412
    • Richmond, VA 23269-0001
    • Fax to:
    • (804) 367-1112

Receiving Your Driver’s License or ID Card with the Veteran Indicator

Your card will be mailed to you.

Your card will be mailed to you. If you applied in person at a customer service center, you will receive a receipt showing all of the information that will display on your card. While you are waiting to receive your card in the mail, you may use the receipt to show proof of veteran status and receive retail discounts.

Replacement Cards

DMV can reissue a duplicate replacement credential for the same fee of the credential that you are requesting to be replaced. You can request a replacement online or in person at a DMV customer service center.

Sharing Information with DVS

Every six months, DMV will electronically share with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services (DVS) information from your veterans card application and any subsequent address changes you make. DVS may use the information provided by DMV to:

  • Establish a record for veterans not in the DVS database
  • Mail letters about DVS services
  • Determine if the veteran has filed a VA claim

Lost Your DD214?

To obtain a replacement DD214 (or if you are a veteran and were never issued a DD214), visit the federal website www.archives.gov for information, or contact the Virginia Department of Veteran Services at (804) 786-0286 for assistance.