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DMV Begins Offering Veteran Indicators on Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards

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Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

RICHMOND – The Department of Motor Vehicles now offers a veteran indicator on Virginia driver’s licenses and ID cards. Having the word “veteran” appear on driver’s licenses or ID cards is a convenient way for Virginia veterans to prove their veteran status. This new option is offered by DMV on behalf of the Department of Veterans Services (DVS).

Delegate John McGuire (R-56), a Navy Seal veteran, was the patron of House Bill 737, which authorizes DMV to add veteran indicators to driver’s licenses and ID cards. McGuire was the first Virginian to receive the veteran indicator on his driver’s license. The legislation became effective July 1, 2018.

“We want Virginia veterans to be able to easily show that they are veterans,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “We’ve combined what was a stand-alone veteran ID with the driver’s licenses and ID cards. Now veterans can carry just their driver’s license or ID card to take advantage of discounts offered to veterans by restaurants and retailers.”

To qualify, veterans must have received an honorable or general discharge and must provide DMV with a photocopy of a veteran service proof document or combination of documents that show branch of service, discharge date and discharge status (eg. DD 214, DD 256, WD AGO, or NGB 22). 

Virginia veterans can apply for the veteran indicator online or in person at a DMV customer service center. There is no fee to add the veteran indicator, however, customers must pay the standard fee for an original or replacement license or ID which will display the veteran indicator. 

Customers who already have a veteran ID card can continue to use it. 

For more information, visit dmvNOW.com/veteranindicator.