On behalf of the Department of Veteran Services (DVS), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now issues veteran ID cards to eligible veterans. These cards provide proof of veteran status and permit the veterans to receive discounts from retailers and restaurants.
For information on resources available to Virginia veterans, review the Virginia Veterans Resource Guide developed by DVS.
Veteran ID cards show the veteran's photo, name, branch of service, and signature, but are not intended to be used as official identification. The Virginia Department of Elections has approved the Virginia Veteran ID card for use at voting polls.
The Veteran ID Card Frequently Asked Questions provides additional information.
To be eligible for the veteran ID card , you must:
- Be a Virginia resident
- Hold an unexpired Virginia commercial driver's license, driver's license, learner's permit or DMV-issued ID card
- Have served either (1) in the active U. S. Armed Forces or (2) for more than 180 days in the Virginia National Guard or U. S. Reserves
- Have received an honorable discharge
- Present a photocopy of a veteran service proof document or combination of documents that provide branch of service, discharge date and discharge status (eg. DD 214, DD 256, WD AGO, or NGB 22)
- Consent that the information on your application and any subsequent address changes you make will be shared with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services.
For more information on eligibility, please refer to § 46.2-345.1 of the Code of Virginia.
The cost of the veterans ID card is $10. The card will not display an expiration date.
Applying for a Veteran ID Card
When applying for a veterans ID card, please make sure that DMV has your current address on your record.
- If you apply online, you must submit a copy of your online receipt and the required veteran status proof document(s) to DMV within 15 days of your online application. These documents can be submitted to DMV by mail, by fax or in person at a DMV customer service center.
- If you are applying by mail, fax or in person, you must complete a Virginia Veterans Identification Card Application (form DL-11) and provide a copy of your veteran service proof document(s) and your payment.
- Mail to:
- Driver Support Work Center, Room 419
- P. O. Box 27412
- Richmond, VA 23269-0001
- Fax to:
- (804) 367-1112
- A DMV customer service center
Receiving Your Veteran ID Card
Your card will be mailed to you.
If you applied in person at a customer service center, you will receive a receipt showing all of the information that will display on your card. While you are waiting to receive your card in the mail, you may use the receipt to show proof of veteran status and receive retail discounts.
The cost to replace a lost or mutilated veterans ID card is $10.
Sharing Information with DVS
Every six months, DMV will electronically share with the Virginia Department of Veteran Services (DVS) information from your veterans card application and any subsequent address changes you make. DVS may use the information DMV provides to:
- Establish a record for veterans not in the DVS database
- Mail letters about DVS services
- Determine if the veteran has filed a VA claim
Lost Your DD214?
To obtain a replacement DD214 (or if you are a veteran and were never issued a DD214), you may access the federal website www.archives.gov for information, or contact the Virginia Department of Veteran Services at (804) 786-0286 for assistance.