Special Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards Help Veterans Gain Access to Benefits

Special Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards Help Veterans Gain Access to Benefits

Special Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards Help Veterans Gain Access to Benefits Through their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word "veteran" to California identification cards.

Veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive California state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver's license and ID is easy:

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
  3. Go to www.dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

Your Local CVSO offices

Location: Santa Barbara
Hours: M-F 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 5pm
Main: (805) 681-4500
Fax: (805) 681-4501
 
Location: Santa Maria
Hours: M-Th 7:30am - 6pm
Main: (805) 346-7160
Fax: (805) 346-8331
 
Location: Ventura
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm
Toll Free: (866) 904-9362
Main: (805) 477-5155
Fax: (805) 477-5418
 

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