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Starting November 12, 2015, a new law allows the California DMV, upon request, to mark a Driver License/ID Card (DL/ID) with the word "Veteran" to indicate a person served in the United States (US) Armed Forces and received an other than dishonorable discharge.
Every Veteran can get their Veteran Driver License or ID. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
A Veteran designation on a DL/ID card proudly recognizes military service, and is intended to enable US Veterans to access certain privileges, benefits, or compensation associated with being a Veteran without having to carry and produce their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form DD-214). In addition, the Veteran designation may be helpful to both law enforcement and medical professionals when treating Veterans in emergency situations.
The Kern County CVSO is located at:
Kern County Veterans Service Department
1120 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (661) 868-7300
For other California CVSOs, visit https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/CVSO-Locations.aspx or call 1-844-SERV-VETS (844-737-8838).
The Veteran will need to present their Form DD-214, and a photo ID (such as current driver license, current passport, VA Healthcare System Enrollment Card, etc.).
To obtain your Form DD-214, submit your request via the National Archives and Records Administration webpage or call 314-801-0800. You may also visit your CVSO.
The face of the DL/ID card will have the word "Veteran" to indicate a person served in the US Armed Forces.
No, DMV will not share your personal information outside of entities already identified in state law.
Yes, a Veteran can get a veteran designation on either a CA ID card or a CA Drivers license. A $5 fee in addition to any renewal/replacement fees will apply to each Veteran designation requested.
No, a Veteran must submit a verification form from his or her CVSO to get a Veteran designation on a DL/ID.
No, the CA driver license/CA ID card is issued by the DMV and costs $5, in addition to any renewal/replacement fees. The Veterans ID Card is issued by Veterans Service Department and is free. More information on the Veterans ID Card
However, both cards serve a similar purpose in that they provide proof of honorable service in the United States military so that a veteran no longer has to carry a copy of military discharge papers to receive certain benefits such as veterans discounts at local businesses.
After discussions with CalVet and the California Association of CVSOs, DMV decided to use the federal definition of a Veteran: A person who has served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States and received an other than dishonorable discharge, or, who served in a Guard or Reserve component and was mobilized for Federal Active Duty.
No. For evidence of military service, a current service member can show a valid military identification card.
No, only a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States and received an other than dishonorable discharge, or, who served in a Guard or Reserve component and was mobilized for Federal Active Duty can obtain a DL/ID card with a Veteran designation.
Yes, applicants under the age of 17 cannot obtain a DL/ID card with a Veteran designation. DMV also cannot issue a DL/ID card with a Veteran designation for an applicant who does not present
an acceptable Veteran verification form completed by a a CVSO.
Yes, DMV charges a one-time $5 fee in addition to any DL/ID card renewal or replacement fee.
No. But there is a $5 charge in addition to any DL/ID card renewal/replacement fees at the DMV when you submit the form.
The veteran designation should permanently remain on a person’s driver license or identification (DL/ID) card. Renewals do not require an additional $5 fee or another verification form. If a person renews by mail or Internet there will not be a question that asks them if they want the veteran designation, but the new DL/ID card will be produced with the designation if it was on his or her prior DL/ID card. If a person renews in a DMV field office, the person will have to mark on the DL/ID application that they want to retain the veteran designation.
Yes, the $5 fee for the Veteran designation applies to all DL/ID cards, including a no-fee senior ID card or any other no-fee transaction when adding the Veteran designation.
If you are replacing a DL/ID card that contained a Veteran designation, an additional $5 fee above the cost to replace the DL/ID card is not required. If you are replacing a lost or stolen DL/ID card that did not contain the Veteran designation, a $5 fee and a verification form from your CVSO is required in addition to the replacement cost of the DL/ID.
You will not need to provide another verification form, because your Veteran status will already be on your DMV record. You will, however, have to pay the $5 fee in addition to any ID card fees.
The Veteran designation can be removed from your DL/ID card in a DMV field office by completing Driver License or Identification Card Application (DL 44) or Commercial Driver License Application (DL 44C) and indicating that you would like the Veteran designation removed. A person can request to remove the veteran designation from his or her DL/ID in a DMV field office. The application for a DL/ID has a box a person can mark requesting the designation to be removed. The fee to remove the veteran designation, depends on what type of DL/ID the person has. A replacement or renewal fee for the type of DL/ID would apply. If a person wants to add the veteran designation in the future, the $5 fee in addition to any DL/ID card renewal/replacement fees would apply.
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