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

Covered CaliforniaThrough 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 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.

Starting Nov. 12, 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 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.

Beginning November 9, you can visit honorveterans.sos.ca.gov and submit information about the veteran or active duty service member they wish to honor—including the branch of service, rank, and years of service—and provide a brief dedication that may be included on the Secretary of State’s website.


Riverside County

William J. Earl, CVSO
4360 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 276-3060
(951) 955-6061 (F)
Hours: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (Mon-Thu)

Clinton Hollins, VSR
44-199B Monroe Street
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-8266
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (Mon-Thu)

Hemet Outreach Center
749 North State Street
Hemet, CA 92543
(951) 766-2566
(955) 766-2567 (F)
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. (Mon-Thu)

P.O. Box 3007
Riverside, CA 92519-3007
(301) 585-4000