Veteran Identification Card

sample Vet ID Card On behalf of the Department of Veteran Services (DVS), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now issues veteran ID cards to eligible veterans. These cards provide proof of veteran status and permit the veterans to receive discounts from retailers and restaurants.

For information on resources available to Virginia veterans, review the Virginia Veterans Resource Guide developed by DVS or visit their website at

Veteran ID cards show the veteran's photo, name, branch of service, and signature, but are not intended to be used as official identification. The Virginia Department of Elections has approved the Virginia Veteran ID card for use at voting polls.

The Veteran ID Card Frequently Asked Questions provides additional information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the veteran ID card , you must:

For more information on eligibility, please refer to § 46.2-345.1 of the Code of Virginia.


The cost of the veterans ID card is $10. The card will not display an expiration date.

Applying for a Veteran ID Card

When applying for a veterans ID card, please make sure that DMV has your current address on your record.

You may apply online, by mail, by fax, or in person at a DMV customer service center.

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Receiving Your Veteran ID Card

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

The cost to replace a lost or mutilated veterans ID card is $10.

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 DMV provides to:

Lost Your DD214?

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