A new ID card will help Virginia veterans identify themselves to obtain retail and restaurant discounts throughout the state.
Gov. Bob McDonnell launched the new Virginia Veterans ID Card on Wednesday. It is available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Services (DVS).
Currently, retired military and veterans with service-connected disabilities are issued ID cards by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thousands more veterans have no other way to show their veteran status, however. They carry the DD 214 military discharge document as identification as veterans.
Veterans can apply for the cards in person at any DMV customer service center, mobile office or online here. Each applicant needs to present an unexpired Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card, the veterans ID card application, his or her DD 214, DD 256 or WD AGO document and $10. Veteran ID card applicants must hold an unexpired Virginia license, learner’s permit or ID card issued by the DMV.
The card, which does not expire, will be mailed to the veteran within a week of application. Until received, the veterans will be able to use a temporary veterans’ ID card issued when veterans apply in person.