Virginia adds "veteran" status to driver's license

Jake Hughes
July 12, 2018 - 9:45 am

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Virginia has joined the list of states that specify veteran status on its state IDs.

The recently passed bill allows any Virginia resident who has been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces, or for more than 180 days in the Virginia National Guard or U. S. Reserves, to add the word "Veteran" to their driver's license.

“We want Virginia veterans to be able to easily show that they are veterans,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb in a 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.”

All a veteran needs to qualify is documents proving an honorable discharge from the military and the process is easy. All you do is visit this page on the Virginia DMV's website, and click "online" halfway down the page, under "Applying for a Veteran Indicator."

You'll be asked to enter your DL number and date of birth, then to enter your pin. If you don't know your pin, it takes about five minutes to change your password. Then, enter your branch of service, date of ETS/EAS and status of discharge. Lastly, you'll upload a copy of your DD-214 or other document that proves your service. After that, it will take 7-10 business days to process.

The only cost to veterans is a $20 ID replacement fee.

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