Recently the Department of Motor Vehicles announced that as of November 12, 2015, veterans of the U.S. military will be able to apply for a “veteran” designation on driver licenses or ID badges in California. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California DMV are working together to launch this program to honor veterans in their state. (NBCsandiego.com)
Dr. Vito Imbasciani, CalVet’s Secretary, said, “California’s new driver license and identification card program honors and recognizes the military service of our veterans.” He also went on to say how much easier it would be for businesses to verify veteran status when offering service member discounts.
According to California DMV, here’s how the application process works:
- Get Records: Find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need assistance obtaining your military records, then contact any County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
- Visit Any County Veteran Service Office (CVSO): Take your DD214 and government identification to any CVSO to obtain your Veteran Status Verification Form. For faster CVSO service, make an appointment with any CVSO by calling 844-737-8838 or finding your local CVSO here.
- Visit Any DMV: Go online or call DMV for an appointment. Bring your Veteran Status Verification Form to any DMV field office. Pay any application fees and complete all application and testing requirements. To schedule an appointment at any DMV field office, visit the DMV website or call (800) 777-0133.
Once the application is approved, the word “VETERAN” will be displayed on the front of all qualified driver licenses or ID badges.