Special Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Help Veterans Gain Access to Benefits

Access to Benefits for VeteransThrough their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of the biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a new law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word “veteran” to California identification cards.

Starting Nov. 12, veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive California state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver’s license and ID is easy:

  1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
  3. Go to www.dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.

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Your Local CVSO

Contra Costa County Veteran Service Officer
10 Douglas Drive, Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-1481

Sacramento County Veteran Service Officer
2007 19th St., Sacramento, CA 95818
916-874-6811

Solano County Veteran Service Officer
675 Texas St., Suite 4700, Fairfield, CA  94533
707-784-6590