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

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 that I had the privilege of supporting 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:

  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.

Your Local CVSO

Colusa County
251 E. Webster St. 
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-0388
Fax: 530-458-2664
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm

Lake County
255 North Forbes Street 
Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone: 707-263-2384
Fax: 707-262-1861
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00 pm

VA Clearlake Outpatient Clinic
15145 Lakeshore Drive 
Clearlake, CA 95422
Phone: 707-995-7200
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm

Napa County
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive Bldg 1 
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: 707-253-6072
Fax: 707-299-1489
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 4:00 pm

Solano County
675 Texas Street, Suite 4700 
Fairfield, CA 94533 
Phone: 707-784-6590
Fax: 707-784-0927
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00 pm

Sonoma County
3725 WestwindBlvd., Ste. 101 
P.O. Box 4059
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Phone: 707-565-5960
Fax: 707-565-5937 or 707-565-5980
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Friday DROP INS

Yolo
120 West Main Street, Suite A 
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: 530-406-4850
Fax: 530-666-7456
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

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.