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Virginia adds 'veteran' to driver's licenses and ID cards

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Virginia driver's licenses and ID cards will now include a "Veteran" indicator for qualified veterans who request it.

Virginia residents who are also military veterans will now be able to prove their former military service on their driver’s licenses or state-issued ID cards.

Thanks to new legislation that went into effect July 1, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles now offers a “veteran indicator” on the cards to give vets a convenient way to validate their service. The new option is offered by DMV on behalf of the Department of Veterans Services.

State Del. John McGuire, R-56th, sponsored the bill that authorized the new driver’s licenses. McGuire, of a former Navy Seal whose district includes Spotsylvania, Henrico, Louisa and Goochland counties, sponsored the bill that enabled the change and was the first Virginian to receive the veteran indicator on his driver’s license, according to a DMV press release.

“We want Virginia veterans to be able to easily show that they are veterans,” DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb said in the press release. “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, vets must have received an honorable or general discharge and must provide DMV with a photocopy of a document proving their military service or a combination of documents that show branch of service, discharge date and discharge status. Those documents include the 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. The fee for a replacement card is $20, according to the DMV website.

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

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Thank you. Add another, easier way to get a veteran tag on license. Just show your valid military ID during license renewal?


In the past veterans had to carry their DD214 around to prove veteran status or seek a U.S. Government Veterans ID card which actually for some reason doesn’t exist. Currently all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. that provide the veterans designation. Some other they make it id god prices
The states require varying proof of veterans status so be sure to check with the DMV before applying. Many will only require DD214 but some states require additional documentation or will accept supplemental documentation to a DD214. Some states do not charge for this designation, but others do [thumbup]

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