Veteran Driver License and Identification Card
What is this service?
The State of California honors and recognizes veterans by allowing them to apply for a "Veteran" designation on California driver licenses and identification cards. 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.
An accredited Veterans Services Representative can verify veteran status and provide the necessary Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001). An appointment may be needed.
Who can use this service?
Eligible veterans may receive a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001) upon verification by an accredited Veterans Services Representative. Please call our office to determine whether you will need an appointment.
What is the process?
Step 1: Get Records
Find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need assistance obtaining your military records, contact our office for assistance, or you may request them directly from the National Archives.
Step 2: Contact Veterans Services Office
An appointment may be necessary. Please contact the Veterans Services Office at (805) 781-5766 to determine if an appointment is needed.
Step 3: Visit DMV
Go on-line or call any DMV for an appointment. Then bring your Veteran Status Verification Form to DMV. Complete your application, pay any application fees in addition to a $5.00 Veteran designation fee, and complete any testing requirements. To schedule an appointment at any DMV, visit www.dmv.ca.gov or call 800-777-0133.
Is there a charge for this service?
This service is provided free of charge.
When and where is this service offered?
This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.
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