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

Veterans DayThrough 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

San Diego County Veterans Service Office
Location: Escondido VA Clinic
Office: 815 E Pennsylvania Ave.
Escondido, CA, 92025
Main: (760) 466-7054

Location: La Jolla VA Medical Center
Office: 3350 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA, 92161
Main: (858) 552-8585 Ext. 1813

Location: Oceanside
Hours: M-F 8am - 4pm
Office: 1300 Rancho Del Oro Dr., Rm. 1c-237, 1c-238
Oceanside, CA, 92056
Main: (760) 643-2049

Location: San Diego
Hours: M-F 8am - 4pm
Office: 5560 Overland Dr., Ste. 310
San Diego, CA, 92123  
Main: (858) 694-3222

Location: San Marcos Vet Center 1
Office: 1 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 150
San Marcos, CA, 92069
Main: (760) 744-6914