Veterans ID on Driver’s License or ID Card by State

A list of states that are now offering veterans designation logos on driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the status on states that have yet to enact this program. These state programs now make it easier for veterans to receive access to government benefits and discounts at restaurants and retailers, to which they are entitled.

See Veteran status at bottom of photo.
See “Veteran” status at bottom of photo.

In the past veterans had to carry their DD214 around to prove veteran status or seek a U.S. Government Veterans ID card which actually for some reason doesn’t exist. Currently there are 48 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. that provide the veterans designation and most of the remaining states have passed legislation and are in the process of implementing. California and Washington have passed legislation and are currently in the process of implementing the veterans designation.

The states require varying proof of veterans status so be sure to check with the DMV before applying.  Many will only require your DD214 but some states require additional documentation or will accept supplemental documentation to a DD214. Some states do not charge for this designation, but others do.

For states that do not currently offer veteran ID designations there are other options to get a Veterans ID card.

We will continue to update this page.

StateDriver License Designation StatusDescriptionOfficial Information
AlabamaAvailableTo establish proof of service, a veteran must visit one of the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Driver License examining offices and present a DD-214 form from the U.S. Department of Defense that shows an "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions" status.Alabama DMV Veterans's Designation
AlaskaAvailableTo receive the designation, a veteran must show the Department of Motor Vehicles a military retiree ID card, DD214, NGB22 or other applicable discharge forms that prove a discharge under honorable conditions.Alaska Veteran Driver's License
ArizonaAvailableStandard fees apply plus valid veteran designation documentation such as a DD214 must be shown as proof.Arizona Veteran Driver's License
ArkansasAvailableIssued to Arkansas residents who request the veterans designation and submit a United States Department of Defense discharge document otherwise known as a DD Form 214 that shows a discharge status of honorable or general under honorable conditions.Arkansas DMV Veterans' Designation
CaliforniaAvailableEligible 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.California DMV Veterans Designation
ColoradoAvailableMilitary service members and veterans may request to include a military identifier on their Colorado driver's license and ID card. Either a valid military identification card (common access card) or a DD214 will be required.Military Identifier on Colorado Driver's License
ConnecticutAvailableAt least 30 days prior to visiting a DMV or AAA office, veterans must submit to the state Department of Veterans Affairs a completed application and proof of honorable discharge, such as a DD-214. The Department of Veterans Affairs will verify the veterans military status and electronically notify DMV of the request prior to the driver's license or ID card being issued.ÿ Connecticut Driver's License Veterans Designation
DelawareAvailable This card is available to any Delaware veteran that served in the U.S. military and was honorably discharged. The cards are free of charge. To obtain the card, veterans must have a valid Delaware driver license or ID card and provide proof of military service.Veteran Identification (ID) Cards
FloridaAvailableVeterans who live in Florida can add a Veteran designation to their Florida driver license (DL) or identification card (ID card) for a one-time fee. The Veteran designation is simply a blue "V" on the bottom right corner of the card. You will need to present your DD-214 or DD-215 which shows you have received an honorable discharge from active duty.Veterans Designation on FL Driver License
GeorgiaAvailableApplicant must have honorable active duty service in U.S. Armed Forces, or 20 years of service in National Guard. Original Certificate of Eligibility (DS-516) obtained from the Georgia Department of Veterans Services upon presentation of Armed Forces Separation Papers (DD-214).Veteran Driver's License
HawaiiAvailableA veteran designation is available for all Hawaii driver's licenses, state IDs and instruction permits. Persons who served in any of the uniformed services of the United States and received a discharge other than dishonorable are eligible.Veteran Driver's License
IdahoAvailableVeterans who present valid documentation showing proof of honorable discharge from military service will be provided veteran designation on their Idaho Driver's license or state-issued identification card. There is no charge to add the veteran designation to a new or renewed Idaho driver's license or identification card. Veteran Driver's License
IllinoisAvailableU.S. military veterans are able to get an updated driver's license/ID card with the "VETERAN" under the signature on the front of the card.Unique distinction on veteran driver's licenses
IndianaAvailableTo purchase a new veterans license plate or driver's license for the first time, a discharged veteran must present a DD214 (discharge summary) or other military documents issued by the Department of Defense verifying a veterans honorable discharge from the armed forces. Active duty personnel must present a military identification card and a current leave and earnings statement to purchase a license plate.Veterans designation on driver's license
IowaAvailableIowans must provide proof of veteran status when applying for or renewing their license or non-operator IDIowa veterans driver's license
KansasAvailableVeterans with an honorable or general discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions now get the word "veteran" printed on their state-issued driver’s licenses and photo ID cards.Kansas Veteran Driver's License
KentuckyAvailableThe word "VETERAN" will be printed vertically and in capital letters along the right border of the license holder's photo. To obtain a license with the designation, a veteran must present a DD214, the Department of Defense form that verifies service at the office of the local circuit court clerk, where driver's licenses are issued.Veteran Designation on Driver's License
LouisianaAvailableThe State of Louisiana is honoring Veterans by placing the "Veteran" designation on Louisiana driver's licenses and identification cards. Available through Louisiana State Office of Motor Vehicle locations. Proof of Veteran status required.Special Veterans Driver's License Designation
MaineAvailableThe designation features a Field of Stars backdrop for the identification photo and is currently available to eligible Maine veterans and military service members at all Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations.Driver's Licenses/IDs with Military Service Designation
MarylandAvailableA "Veteran" status will be designated on Maryland Driver's licenses. “Veteran” status on drivers licenses
MassachusettsAvailableAll Massachusetts residents who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged can choose to have a Veteran’s Indicator on their Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, Massachusetts ID card, or Liquor ID card. One of the following documents (typed, not handwritten) must be presented: form DD-214, form DD-215, or an Honorable Discharge form.Veterans driver's license or ID card
MichiganAvailableA "Veteran" status will be designated on Michigan Driver's licenses.Michigan Veteran Driver's License
MinnesotaAvailableA veteran may request the designation of veteran on his or her Minnesota Drivers
License & ID card. In order to obtain the designation, the applicant must request the designation;
pay the required license or identification card fee; and provide a
certified copy of discharge papers.
Designation of veteran on drivers license
MississippiAvailableThere is specific verifying documentation a veteran will have to obtain from officials from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board before they go to their local driver's license station to obtain the veterans driver's license. The process to get the paperwork is simple, but the certification from the Veterans Affairs Board must be presented before the new veterans license can be obtained.Mississippi Veterans Driver's License
MissouriAvailableAny veteran of the United States military may choose to obtain the "VETERAN" designation on a Missouri driver or nondriver license. Persons requesting the "VETERAN" designation must submit -- at the time of initial request for the driver or nondriver license with the new designation -- a United States Department of Defense discharge document (otherwise known as a DD214) which indicates a discharge status of "honorable", "general", "under honorable conditions", or "general under honorable conditions."VETERAN designation on a Missouri driver or nondriver license
MontanaAvailableVeterans have the option to have the word “Veteran” displayed on the front of a driver license or state - issued identification(ID)card. Veterans Designation Montana
NebraskaAvailableAll veterans can join the veterans' registry and place the word "Veteran" on your driver license or State ID Card.Nebraska Veteran Driver's License
NevadaAvailableHonorably-discharged veterans may have a Veteran designator placed on their license. Present your DD-214 at any DMV office. Visit to obtain a copy of your DD-214.Nevada Veterans Driver's License
New HampshireAvailableVeteran with an Honorable Discharge can request to have a Veteran Indicator on their New Hampshire Driver License, Commercial Driver License or Non-Driver ID card for the purposes of identification for receiving benefits and services under New Hampshire law.New Hampshire Veterans Driver's License
New JerseyAvailablea special designation has been created for display on a veterans driver’s license or non-driver ID card. New Jersey Veterans Driver's License
New MexicoAvailableAvailable to any honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Veterans will need only to provide their DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty form, Military Retiree, VA Medical ID or National Guard ID card when applying for the designation. There will be no additional cost added to the normal $18 driver's license renewal or replacement fee. Veterans currently holding a valid driver's license will have to pay the normal replacement fee if they would like this new veterans' designation driver's license. Veterans Designation Driver's License
New YorkAvailableA qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged and has a NYS driver's license, learner permit, or non-driver photo ID card, can have the word "Veteran" printed on a photo document. Acceptable proofs are a form DD-214, or a form DD-215, or if discharged before January 1, 1950, an Honorable Discharge form WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553, or an "Enlisted Separation Paper".New York driver's license designation
North CarolinaAvailableA military designation for drivers licenses and identification cards that may, upon request, be granted to North Carolina residents who are honorably discharged from military service in the United States Armed Forces. An applicant requesting this designation must produce a Form DD-214 showing the applicant has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.North Carolina veterans status on drivers license
North DakotaAvailableMilitary veterans have the option of a special indicator placed on their drivers license. Upon request and with adequate documentation, a letter V indicator can be placed on the face of veterans' drivers licenses at no additional cost. Adequate veteran or military service documentation for this indicator may be obtained through the Department of Veterans Affairs.Veteran indicator on driver's license
OhioAvailableThe stamp, placed on the lower right of the license or ID, provides veterans with recognition of their military service. The stamp is provided at no additional cost when requested at the time a license or ID is renewed, but normal driver's license fees still apply.Armed Forces stamp on driver's license
OklahomaAvailableVeterans who choose to have the "Veteran" status on their card will have to show proof of military service by providing their DD-214, 215, WWII discharge document or a US Department of Veterans Affairs photo ID card when renewing or obtaining their identification card or driver license.Veteran logo on Oklahoma driver license or state identification cards
OregonAvailableDMV will add a designation on your driver license, instruction permit or ID card to indicate you are a veteran when you request the designation and meet the qualifications. Designation on Oregon driver license
PennsylvaniaAvailableA Veterans Designation is added to a Driver's License or Identification Card. There is no fee for the Veterans Designation; however qualified applicants must pay any initial issuance; renewal or duplicate Driver's License or ID fees. Proof of service is required.Designation on Pennsylvania driver license
Puerto RicoAvailable
Rhode IslandAvailableVeterans must present a DD 214 or other forms that show an honorable discharge to qualify for the veteran license or ID designation even if you already have veteran license plates. There is no cost.Veteran designation on a license or ID
South CarolinaAvailableThe VETERAN designation applies only to individuals who served honorably as members of the United States Armed Forces. To apply, veterans must present their Form DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which indicates an honorable discharge. No other proof of service will be accepted. Military dependents, spouses or civilian employees on military bases are not eligible.VETERAN designation on driver licenses, identification cards
South DakotaAvailableVeterans who have been honorably discharged from the military have the option of adding the word "Veteran" to the front of their South Dakota driver license or identification card. Veterans who wish to add the designation to their driver license or non-driver ID card may visit any South Dakota driver license office. Veteran Designation on Driver License or ID Card
TennesseeAvailableThe word "veteran" will be printed vertically and in capital letters along the right border of the photo. To obtain the designation, a veteran has to provide the clerk's office with the Defense Department form that verifies service, DD214.Veterans Designation on State IDs
TexasAvailableDPS offers a VETERAN designation printed on the face of driver licenses for qualifying veterans. Veterans must visit a driver license office and present their DD-214, DD-215, NGB-22, or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability letter.Veteran Designation for Driver Licenses
UtahAvailableAn applicant who is 21 years or older applying for a Utah driver's license or any applicant who is applying for a Utah ID card has the option of adding a VETERAN indicator to their certificate upon providing acceptable proof of honorable discharge from the U.S. Military. Proof would be DD214 or for WWII Veterans, a Record/Notice of Separation is required.Veterans Identification of Driver License or ID Card
VermontAvailableVeterans’ licenses are available at all six DMV branch offices and two mobile units and is a free service to all veterans upon license renewal.Veterans Identification of Driver License or ID Card
VirginiaAvailable (separate ID card)The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues veteran ID cards for proof of veteran status to receive discounts from retailers and restaurantsVirginia Veterans Identification Card
WashingtonLegislation approved, effective August 30, 2017"Veteran" Designation on Driver's Licenses
Washington D.C.AvailableHonorably discharged veterans can have the Veteran Designation on a driver license or non-driver identification card.Washington D.C. "Veteran" Designation on Driver's Licenses
West VirginiaAvailableVeterans can apply for the driver's license designation by bringing their federally required REAL ID documents as well as their DD214, or military identification card, or Division of Motor Vehicles' vehicle registration card reflecting their current military license plate, to any of the 23 regional DMV offices. "Veteran" Designation on Driver's Licenses
WisconsinAvailableVeterans can request through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a veteran identifier on their Wisconsin driver’s license or state issued identification card.Wisconsin Veteran Driver's License
WyomingAvailableWyoming veterans have the option of requesting a veteran designation be shown on the front of their Wyoming driver license or identification cards. To qualify for the designation, applicants must submit a verification form and copy of their separation papers (Form DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the Wyoming Veterans Commission.Wyoming Veteran Driver's License
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