Access to Benefits for Veterans
Through 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 is fixing this problem by adding the word “veteran” to California identification cards.
Veterans can now 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:
- Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
- Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
- 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 $5 application fee. Regular renewal and duplicate ID fees apply.
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.
WORK FOR WARRIORS
Work for Warriors (WFW) is a FREE State and Federally funded Job Placement Program here in California. The employment initiative branded “Work for Warriors” is aimed at assisting Post 9/11 Veterans, Active National Guard, Active Reserve members, Spouses, and Gold Star Families in finding civilian employment in their region of the state. Click here to explore opportunities.
Veterans wishing to get the form to receive the new veteran designation on their driver’s license should bring their DD-214, VA medical card or military retired ID. With the veterans designation on your driver’s license, veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive California state and federal veterans’ benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.