Veteran Identification Card | Have Questions? Get Answers

 

Dear Veteran,

Governor Brown signed legislation in 2014 that required the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer special driver’s licenses to veterans. The license has a “veteran” marking indicating honorable service in the United States Armed Forces. This new program went into effect on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. The designation “VETERAN” can be printed on an original, renewal, or duplicate DL/ID card for a one-time fee of $5.00 in addition to the cost of the DL/ID card (usually around $33.00).

In order to receive your veteran driver’s license, you’ll need to visit your County Veteran Services Office (CVSO) to obtain the verification form. The verification form will only be available at the CVSO. If you’ve been seen in the office and we have your discharge document (DD214) on file we can verify veteran status, otherwise you’ll need a certified copy of your DD214 indicating Honorable or General (under honorable conditions) or that you served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty. If you received any other type of discharge you should discuss this with our staff. The CSVO will review the documents presented and approve/stamp the verification form. You can then take it to the DMV. During your visit our CVSO staff will also discuss the many federal, state, and local benefits for which you may be eligible.

If you don’t have a copy of your discharge document, the CVSO can assist you in ordering it or you can order a copy on line by going to: http://www.archives.gov/veterans. When we meet to discuss the form, you will also have an opportunity to discuss the many federal and state veterans’ benefits and local resources. The CVSO can assist you in filing an application for benefits.

Question:        What is the Veteran Affairs identification card (VIC)?

Answer:        On July 20, 2015, the President signed into law the “Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015”.  This Act allows eligible Veterans to be issued an identification card directly from VA.   

Question:      How can the VIC card be used?

Answer:         The VIC will serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces and can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans.

Question:       When can I apply for a VIC?

Answer:         VA will begin accepting applications for the VIC in November 2017.

Question:       Is there eligibility criteria in order to qualify for the VIC?

Answer:        Yes, in order to qualify for the VIC Veterans must have served in the active military, naval, or air service and have a character of discharge of other than dishonorable.

Question:      I served in the Reserves, am I eligible for the VIC?

Answer:        Individuals that served in the Army Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, or the Air National Guard of the United States may qualify for a VIC.

Question:       Will the VIC give me access to any other benefits, goods, or services that I don’t already get with my Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), DoD retired identification card or state-issued identification with a Veteran designation?

Answer:         No, if you have a VHIC, retirement card issued by DoD, or a driver’s license with a Veteran designation you do not need to apply for the VIC.  The VIC does not qualify you for additional benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and does not serve as proof for any benefits to which you may be entitled.  

Question:      How do I apply for a VIC?

Answer:        Log into Vets.gov to apply for a VIC.  If eligible, you will receive your ID card in the mail. For more information please go to:  https://www.Vets.gov/# 

Question:       How do I sign in to Vets.gov? 

Answer:         You can sign in with your DS Logon account (used to access eBenefits or MilConnect)—and we’ll connect your account to Vets.gov through ID.me. ID.me is our trusted technology partner in helping to keep your personal information safe. If you have a basic or advanced (non-premium) account, you’ll need to verify your identity through ID.me. We can also help you use ID.me to add an extra layer of security to your account (called 2-factor authentication). If you don’t have a DS Logon account, you can create an account for Vets.gov through ID.me. 

Question:      Will the VIC allow me to access military post or installations?

Answer:       No, the VIC will not grant access to military installations. 

Question:      Can I go to a VA Medical Center or Regional Office to apply for the VIC?

Answer:         No, currently the only way to apply for the VIC is by using Vets.gov. For more information, please go to https://www.Vets.gov/#

Question:       What is the difference between this ID card and the ID card generated in eBenefits?

Answer:         Unlike the card generated in eBenefits, the VIC will contain the Veterans photograph, as well as a unique identification number.

Question:      Will the VA charge a fee to issue the VIC?

Answer:          Veterans will not be charged a fee for the VIC. The printing and shipping of the card will be covered by a public-private partnership agreement.


The County of Ventura Veteran Services Office connects military personnel, veterans, and their family members with federal and state veterans’ benefits and local resources. To determine eligibility for any of these benefits, visit or call (805 477-5155) our office. We will assist with completing all required application forms. More information can be found at our webpage. The main office is located at 5740 Ralston St, Suite 304, Ventura, CA 93003.


Mike McManus, retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, is the Veteran Services Officer for the County of Ventura. Please call the office at (805) 477-5155 for information and to schedule an appointment.

 

County of Ventura Veteran Services Office


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One Response to Veteran Identification Card | Have Questions? Get Answers

  1. William Hicks November 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Too bad I read this after I recently renewed my drivers license.

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