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California Launches Veteran Driver License and ID Card

California Launches Veteran Driver License and ID Card

Veterans can apply for "Veteran" designation beginning November 12


Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) announce a new program honoring our Veterans by allowing them to apply for a "Veteran" designation on California driver licenses and identification cards.


"California's new driver license and identification card program honors and recognizes the military service of our Veterans," said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, CalVet's Secretary. "I encourage our Veterans to contact a local CVSO and start the process and learn about their earned benefits, just as I have.  As an added bonus, the new "Veteran" designation means businesses can easily confirm Veteran status when offering discounts."


Obtaining your "Veteran" designation for a driver license or ID card is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1.    Get Records. Find your military discharge certificate (DD214).  If you need assistance obtaining your military records, then contact any County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) by calling 844-737-8838.

2.    Visit Any CVSO. Take your DD214 and government identification to any CVSO to obtain your Veteran Status Verification Form. For faster CVSO service, you can make an appointment with any CVSOs by calling 844-737-8838 or finding your local CVSO at

3.    Visit Any 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 or call 800-777-0133.



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California Launches Veteran Driver License and ID Card