December 1, 2017

Veterans may now apply for a vets ID

WASHINGTON — Veterans can now apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs for identification cards that could help them prove their military history but don’t qualify as official government-issued IDs.

Congress ordered the VA in 2015 to create the cards to make it easier for veterans to receive things such as discounts at stores and restaurants without having to carry around their DD-214s – certificates of release or discharge that contain sensitive information. Veterans can apply for the cards at vets.gov, under "Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card." Veterans applying will be asked to create an online account and must upload a valid, government-issued ID and recent photo.

"The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most veterans to show proof of service," VA Secretary David Shulkin said in a written statement. "With the card, veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain veteran discounts and other services."