How to Add the Veteran Designation to Your DL/ID Card

New Veteran Designation
Effective November 12, 2015, eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their DL/ID card to indicate that they have served in the U.S. Military.  It can also play a critical role in enabling access to certain privileges, benefits, or compensation associated with being a veteran without having to carry and produce a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
To apply for the veteran designation on your DL/ID card, you will need to: 
Obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001) which will be issued by the County Veteran Service Office. This form is not available from DMV. 
Bring the completed VSD-001 to a DMV field office. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.  
Complete and pay the application fee for the Driver License or Identification Card Application/Commercial Driver License Application (DL 44/44C).
Pay an additional $5 fee to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. 
Once all requirements have been met, a DL/ID card with the word "VETERAN" will be issued.  
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collaborates with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to offer veterans of the United States (U.S.) Military the opportunity to request benefit information. Veterans can request benefit information whenever they submit to the DMV a Driver License or Identification Card Application,  Commercial Driver License Application form or when renewing their driver license or identification (DL/ID) card online by checking the "Yes" box when asked if they would like to receive veteran benefit information. As a result, the DMV will forward the contact information to CalVet to provide benefit information to the requesting veteran.
Statutory Authority: Vehicle Code (VC) §§12811, 14901.1
Commonly Asked Questions
How can I add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
First, visit a County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form. Submit the completed Veteran Status Verification Form in-person at a DMV field office, along with a completed Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form. You must indicate on the application that you wish to have the veteran designation printed on your DL/ID card. All other application fees and requirements for a DL/ID card must be met before a DL/ID card with a veteran designation can be issued.
How do I find a CVSO?
CVSO contact information can be found online by visiting CVSO Locations or calling 1-877-741-8532 or 1-844-737-8838 (1-844 SERV-VETS).
What information do I provide to the CVSO to get the Veteran Status Verification Form?
The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and a photo ID such as a current driver license, current passport, retired military ID card, Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), etc.
Will my personal information be shared with anyone?
No. For more information, visit DMV’s Privacy Policy.
Are there any veteran eligibility requirements or restrictions to adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. For information regarding the veteran designation eligibility requirements and restrictions, contact your local CVSO Locations.
Is there a requirement of discharge status to add the veteran designation?
Yes. Persons who have actively served in the U.S. military and received an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible to receive a veteran designation on his or her DL/ID card.
When can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
The new law is effective on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.  However, since Veterans Day is a state holiday, the DMV will begin processing applications for DL/ID cards with the veteran designation on November 12, 2015.
Where can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
You can apply for the veteran designation at any DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.
Is there a fee for adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. There is a $5 fee in addition to any application fees for a DL/ID card.
Can I have the veteran designation on both my DL and ID card?
Yes. The veteran designation can be added to both your DL and your ID card.
Do I need two Veteran Status Verification Forms; one for my DL and a second for my ID card?
No. One Veteran Status Verification Form can be used to add the veteran designation to both your DL and your ID card.
If I have a Senior ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my Senior ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your Senior ID card.
If I have a reduced fee ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your reduced fee ID card.
How can I remove the veteran designation from my DL or ID card?
The veteran designation can be removed from your DL/ID card by completing the Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form and indicating that you would like the veteran designation removed. This must be completed at a DMV field office.
Is there a fee to remove the veteran designation?
No. There is no fee to remove the veteran designation from your DL/ID card; however, required application fees for a DL/ID card may apply.
Can I submit my request for the veteran designation through the mail or online?
No. California Vehicle Code section 12811(c)(5) requires you to apply for the veteran designation, in-person, at a DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran   designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133.  For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.
Will I have to take a test to add the veteran designation to my DL or ID card?
No. There is no test to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. However, when applying for an original DL/ID card or renewing your current DL/ID card, all other application fees and requirements apply, which may include a test.
 

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Call 310-477-2530 for an appointment 11000 Wilshire Blvd. #5227

LA, CA 90024

They will tell you what forms you need to bring with you and it is one stop, all done.

We should e-mail that to all and post it in a permanent place on the WEB site.

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Leonard “Pete” Duncan, 73, Vietnam, US Army, BNC, FLO, 17 April 2019

The family of Leonard “Pete” Duncan has invited the Patriot Guard Riders and Vietnam Veterans of America and friends to join them in honoring their hero at his committal at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Pete served in the Army for two years, 1966-67. The second year was served in Vietnam as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged as a SPC4.

Our hero returned to civilian life with the hopes of a career in law enforcement. Unfortunately, due to a hearing loss caused by the ravages of war, he was not medically qualified to become a sworn officer. He did serve in that field for 22 years as a corrections officer for the LASD. 

Pete loved weaponry and was known by his friends to be an expert on firearms old and modern. He enjoyed jewelry making. He also served his fellow Vietnam Veterans as 1st Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355, “The Lost Patrol”. 

Sadly, our hero lost his battle with heart disease at the end of 2018. 

Pete is survived by his wife, Loretta, who he met in the  7th grade. He declared that he would marry her whilst still in middle school. Pete is also survived by their son, Robert.

Please join his family and friends to honor him at BNC when it’s in full bloom, this Wednesday.

Time line for Wednesday April 17, 2019 

12:00 Stage at Bakersfield National Cemetery Bakersfield 

30338 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203

(661) 867-2250

https://goo.gl/maps/ktVSmu7FbTn

12:15  Mission briefing

12:30 Proceed to Pavilion to honor our hero. 

Note: Bring you flags, your memories and by all means, your “greens”.  

 


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Leonard “Pete” Duncan, 73, Vietnam, US Army, BNC, FLO, 17 April 2019

The family of Leonard “Pete” Duncan has invited the Patriot Guard Riders and Vietnam Veterans of America and friends to join them in honoring their hero at his committal at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Pete served in the Army for two years, 1966-67. The second year was served in Vietnam as a military policeman. He was honorably discharged as a SPC4.

Our hero returned to civilian life with the hopes of a career in law enforcement. Unfortunately, due to a hearing loss caused by the ravages of war, he was not medically qualified to become a sworn officer. He did serve in that field for 22 years as a corrections officer for the LASD. 

Pete loved weaponry and was known by his friends to be an expert on firearms old and modern. He enjoyed jewelry making. He also served his fellow Vietnam Veterans as 1st Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355, “The Lost Patrol”. 

Sadly, our hero lost his battle with heart disease at the end of 2018. 

Pete is survived by his wife, Loretta, who he met in the  7th grade. He declared that he would marry her whilst still in middle school. Pete is also survived by their son, Robert.

Please join his family and friends to honor him at BNC when it’s in full bloom, this Wednesday.

Time line for Wednesday April 17, 2019 

12:00 Stage at Bakersfield National Cemetery Bakersfield 

30338 E Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203

(661) 867-2250

https://goo.gl/maps/ktVSmu7FbTn

12:15  Mission briefing

12:30 Proceed to Pavilion to honor our hero. 

Note: Bring you flags, your memories and by all means, your “greens”.  

 

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How to Add the Veteran Designation to Your DL/ID Card

New Veteran Designation
Effective November 12, 2015, eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their DL/ID card to indicate that they have served in the U.S. Military.  It can also play a critical role in enabling access to certain privileges, benefits, or compensation associated with being a veteran without having to carry and produce a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
To apply for the veteran designation on your DL/ID card, you will need to: 
Obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form (VSD-001) which will be issued by the County Veteran Service Office. This form is not available from DMV. 
Bring the completed VSD-001 to a DMV field office. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.  
Complete and pay the application fee for the Driver License or Identification Card Application/Commercial Driver License Application (DL 44/44C).
Pay an additional $5 fee to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. 
Once all requirements have been met, a DL/ID card with the word "VETERAN" will be issued.  
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) collaborates with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to offer veterans of the United States (U.S.) Military the opportunity to request benefit information. Veterans can request benefit information whenever they submit to the DMV a Driver License or Identification Card Application,  Commercial Driver License Application form or when renewing their driver license or identification (DL/ID) card online by checking the "Yes" box when asked if they would like to receive veteran benefit information. As a result, the DMV will forward the contact information to CalVet to provide benefit information to the requesting veteran.
Statutory Authority: Vehicle Code (VC) §§12811, 14901.1
Commonly Asked Questions
How can I add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
First, visit a County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form. Submit the completed Veteran Status Verification Form in-person at a DMV field office, along with a completed Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form. You must indicate on the application that you wish to have the veteran designation printed on your DL/ID card. All other application fees and requirements for a DL/ID card must be met before a DL/ID card with a veteran designation can be issued.
How do I find a CVSO?
CVSO contact information can be found online by visiting CVSO Locations or calling 1-877-741-8532 or 1-844-737-8838 (1-844 SERV-VETS).
What information do I provide to the CVSO to get the Veteran Status Verification Form?
The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and a photo ID such as a current driver license, current passport, retired military ID card, Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), etc.
Will my personal information be shared with anyone?
No. For more information, visit DMV’s Privacy Policy.
Are there any veteran eligibility requirements or restrictions to adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. For information regarding the veteran designation eligibility requirements and restrictions, contact your local CVSO Locations.
Is there a requirement of discharge status to add the veteran designation?
Yes. Persons who have actively served in the U.S. military and received an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible to receive a veteran designation on his or her DL/ID card.
When can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
The new law is effective on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.  However, since Veterans Day is a state holiday, the DMV will begin processing applications for DL/ID cards with the veteran designation on November 12, 2015.
Where can I apply to add the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
You can apply for the veteran designation at any DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133. For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.
Is there a fee for adding the veteran designation to my DL/ID card?
Yes. There is a $5 fee in addition to any application fees for a DL/ID card.
Can I have the veteran designation on both my DL and ID card?
Yes. The veteran designation can be added to both your DL and your ID card.
Do I need two Veteran Status Verification Forms; one for my DL and a second for my ID card?
No. One Veteran Status Verification Form can be used to add the veteran designation to both your DL and your ID card.
If I have a Senior ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my Senior ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your Senior ID card.
If I have a reduced fee ID card, am I still required to pay the $5 fee for adding the veteran designation to my ID card?
Yes. The $5 fee applies when adding the veteran designation to your DL/ID, including your reduced fee ID card.
How can I remove the veteran designation from my DL or ID card?
The veteran designation can be removed from your DL/ID card by completing the Driver License or Identification Card Application or Commercial Driver License Application form and indicating that you would like the veteran designation removed. This must be completed at a DMV field office.
Is there a fee to remove the veteran designation?
No. There is no fee to remove the veteran designation from your DL/ID card; however, required application fees for a DL/ID card may apply.
Can I submit my request for the veteran designation through the mail or online?
No. California Vehicle Code section 12811(c)(5) requires you to apply for the veteran designation, in-person, at a DMV field office that processes DL/ID cards. The veteran   designation can only be added or removed at a field office. Check the DMV website for locations and office hours or call 1-800-777-0133.  For faster service, make sure to make an appointment to visit a DMV field office.
Will I have to take a test to add the veteran designation to my DL or ID card?
No. There is no test to add the veteran designation to your DL/ID card. However, when applying for an original DL/ID card or renewing your current DL/ID card, all other application fees and requirements apply, which may include a test.
 
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