Rollout & Application Process for Veterans ID Card

Rollout & Application Process for Veterans ID Card

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available. The card has been authorized by legislation since 2015. Veterans can apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, promotional discounts and other services.

“The new [VIC] provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Shulkin. “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.”

The VIC provides a portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum time in service but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” and sign in or create an account. Veterans can check the status of their cards on the vets website as well, and should receive their card within 60 days. A digital version of the VIC will be available by mid-December.

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