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

Special Driver’s LicensesThrough 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 easily prove their eligibility to receive 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 a small 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.

Local CVSO office

Sacramento County Veteran’s Service Offices
2433 Marconi Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-875-3670
Fax: 916-874-8868
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

2007 19th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: 916-874-6811
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 4 pm
Fridays 9:30 am – 4 pm

For more information on Veterans and Resources, please click here.