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UPDATED: Jun 8, 2021

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To Sum It Up

  • A veteran designation on a driver’s license can be helpful in proving you served in the military.
  • All 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., offer veteran designations, so you can contact your local DMV to get started.

Unfortunately, proving you are a veteran can sometimes be difficult. For example, to receive veterans’ auto insurance discounts, you would have to provide your DD214, which poses certain risks to you.

However, now state DMVs are offering veteran designations on your driver’s license to make proving you were in the military easier.

But what is a veteran designation on a driver’s license? What can you use it for? And how do you get it? Keep reading below to find out.

In the meantime, if you need help finding affordable auto insurance, enter your ZIP code into our free quote comparison tool above.

What is a veteran designation on a driver’s license?

A veteran designation is simply a way of making it known on your license that you are a veteran.

In the past, veterans had limited options to prove they were in the military. Some were able to get a military retiree card or a Veterans Health Identification Card from the VA, but most opted to carry their DD214.

Unfortunately, this caused some issues for the carrier. The most important was that the DD214 has their social security on it, so it put them at risk of identity theft. It also wasn’t a photo ID, so it doesn’t work for everything.

Therefore, state governments began offering a veteran designation on driver’s licenses to make it easier for veterans to prove they served in the military. 

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What can I use my veteran designation for?

You can use your veteran designation to prove that you were in the military for various reasons, such as receiving veterans’ auto insurance discounts.

However, you can not use the designation as official military ID, such as to enter a military post or receive benefits for veterans. To receive benefits, you will have to use your DD214 or other official military ID.

How can I get a veteran designation?

As of now, all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. offer veteran designation on your driver’s license.

To get your veteran designation, you can search for the requirements on your state’s DMV website. Most states will require you to bring your birth certificate or another form of identification and your DD214, DD215, or discharge paperwork.

You may also need to pay a fee to replace your old ID or get a new one altogether. Depending on your location, you may be able to visit a DMV office in person, or you may have to mail in copies of your paperwork to a different location.

You can contact your local DMV by phone with any questions.

Conclusion

A veteran designation on a driver’s license is a way of proving that you served in the military. However, it can not be used for official military ID, such as to enter a military post or receive veterans’ benefits.

All 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., offer veteran designations. You should use your state’s DMV website or contact them by phone to learn about the process.

Most likely, you will need to provide proof of identification and your DD214, DD215, or other discharge paperwork.

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