New Driver’s License Option for Veterans

VENTURA, Calif. – Effective Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must offer special driver’s licenses to veterans. Having this new driver’s license marked “VETERAN” indicates service in the United States Armed Forces and means that you will no longer need to carry your discharge papers to show proof of military service.

The designation “VETERAN” can be printed on an original, renewal, or duplicate driver’s license / ID card for a one-time fee of $5.00 in addition to the cost of the driver’s license / ID card (usually around $25.00).

In order to receive your veteran driver’s license, you will need to visit your County Veteran Services Office (CVSO) to obtain the verification form. The verification form will only be available at the CVSO.

If the office has a veteran’s discharge papers (DD214) already on file, it can verify veteran status. Otherwise, veterans will need to bring in a certified copy of their DD214 indicating Honorable or General (under honorable conditions) or that you served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty. For any other type of discharge, veterans should discuss the discharge with office staff.

The CSVO will review the documents presented and approve/stamp the verification form. It can then be taken to the DMV. Veterans can also discuss with CVSO staff the many federal, state, and local benefits for which you may be eligible.

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For veterans without a copy of their discharge document, the CVSO can assist them in ordering it, or a copy can be ordered online at www.archives.gov/veterans.

The CVSO connects military personnel, veterans, and their family members with federal and state veterans’ benefits and local resources, and will assist you with completing all required application forms.

For more information, visit www.vchsa.org/veterans. Call (805) 477-5155 to schedule an appointment at the main office or one of ten field offices located throughout the County, as listed on the CVSO website.