Veterans ID Card

This little card is a big deal. Your Virginia Veterans ID card is a convenient way to show proof of your veteran status so you can enjoy the benefits you deserve. Hundreds of Virginia businesses (click here for a current list) offer discounts for for veterans carrying a valid ID. 

Five ways to get Your Veterans ID Card*:

*Requires a $10 DMV application fee.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the veterans ID card, applicants must:

  • Have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge status other than dishonorable.
  • Hold an unexpired Virginia commercial driver's license, driver's license, learner's permit or DMV-issued ID card.
  • Present a copy of a U.S. Armed Forces veteran service proof document according to the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, showing 180 days of active duty* service. Such documents include DD214, DD256 or WD AGO that displays your:
    • Branch of service,
    • Discharge date, and
    • Discharge status. (Individuals with a dishonorable discharge status are not eligible for a veteran ID card).

NOTE: If your document is missing any of the above data, DMV will request that you present another document displaying the information.

  • Consent that the information on your application and any subsequent address changes you make will be shared with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.

* According to 38 U.S.C. § 101, the term "active duty" means full-time duty in the Armed Forces, other than active duty for training.

If you apply in person at a DMV office, you will receive a temporary veterans ID which can be used as proof of veteran status until your veterans ID card arrives in the mail.

Virginia Veterans ID cards never expire. You will receive your new Virginia Veterans ID card in the mail within a week.

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