Having your veteran designation on your driver’s license makes it easier to provide to provide proof of service when you need to, especially when it comes to getting veterans-only discounts and exclusive benefits.
For one thing, a veteran driver’s license beats carrying around a paper copy of your DD214 everywhere you go—which many places won’t even accept because it’s not a photo ID. It’s also safer than keeping a copy of your DD214 in your wallet, where opportunistic thieves can gain access to your social security number and other sensitive information.
Of course, you’ll still need your DD214 to apply for a veteran driver’s license, but it’s worth a trip to your local DMV to get it done.
Do all states offer a veteran driver’s license?
Yes. Currently, veterans in all 50 states (as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) have the option to get their veteran status added to their driver’s license.
If you live here in Arizona, you can begin the process by filling out the online application and bringing it to your local motor vehicle department office, along with your veteran designation documentation. Once approved, you will receive a new driver’s license with the word “veteran” clearly printed on the front of your ID in blue letters. (Note: You will also need to take a new photo.)
If you are not an Arizona resident, this site, which is updated periodically, has a list of each state’s requirements along with helpful links.
Is there an additional fee to get a veteran driver’s license?
In most states, the standard driver’s license fees apply. However, some states offer discounted pricing for veterans. In Georgia, for example, honorably discharged veterans are entitled to a free veteran driver’s license or personal ID card if the following two criteria are met:
- The individual is a Georgia resident
- They served during a recognized period of war or conflict
What if I don’t have a copy of my DD214?
This happens more often than you might think. It could be that you never received your DD Form 214 in the first place, or maybe you’ve misplaced it or it was damaged in a flood or a fire. It’s also common for DD214s to be stolen by people looking to take advantage of veteran benefits.
In any case, you’ll need to order a Service 2 copy of your DD214 before you can apply for your veteran driver’s license. By placing an order online with DD214Direct.com, you can get your discharge documents faster and avoid the hassle and confusion of going it alone. In most cases, we’re able to email your DD214 to you in 3 to 10 business days.
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Our cutting-edge technology platform and keen knowledge of government protocol and procedure allow us to deliver your documents faster than competitors. We physically stand in line at the records repository and manually coordinate your order, freeing up your time and easing your worries about whether or not you will get your DD214. Much like paying a small fee to have your taxes done by a professional, DD214Direct provides the service and convenience you’ve been hoping for, plus we make it a lot easier.
Instead of having to download, print, sign and fax your document request form, you can submit your order directly through our website with the ease of e-signature technology from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. Once we locate your DD214, we will email you a copy immediately—a service not offered by the government. And tracking your request through us is simple, so you never have to worry about long hold times and inconclusive answers.
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