California Veterans Designation on DL/ID Cards

Effective November 12, 2015, eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their California 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 (DD-214).


General Information

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


• Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application.


• 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. 

• DD-214s can be verified at any local VA office or at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall – 2nd Floor  

• Bring DD-214 Member 4 (must show honorable discharge on the form) DD-214 member 1 does not reflect discharge status

• Dishonorable discharged veterans are not permitted the veteran designation 

• Bring current Driver’s License or ID Card

• 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.  


• Pay the nonrefundable application fee - $35 for DL $30 for ID card


• 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



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