DMV Begins Offering “Veteran” Designation on Driver Licenses

Veteran Status Verification Form and Fees Required

Sacramento – Veterans can begin applying to receive the word VETERAN on their driver license or identification (ID) card starting today, November 12, 2015.  The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to remind veterans that they must first obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form from a County Veteran Service Office (CVSO), BEFORE visiting a DMV office to apply for the designation.

Veterans are required to pay a one-time $5 designation fee, in addition to any other application fees associated with a renewal, duplicate, or original driver license and/or ID card.  The designation fee is included in the legislative language contained within Assembly Bill 935.

To apply, follow these easy, but important steps:

STEP 1 – Visit a County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) to obtain a Veteran Status Verification Form.  To find a local CVSO, call 844-737-8838 or

STEP 2 – Present the completed and stamped Veteran Status Verification Form and driver license application to a DMV representative at your local DMV field office.

STEP 3 – Pay your $5 designation fee and related application fees.

For faster service, schedule an appointment at a DMV field office by visiting or calling 800-777-0133.  Also, the DMV webpage  explains the process to obtain a “Veteran” designation.


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