Information on this page provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs

A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a digital form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. 

Am I eligible for a Veteran ID Card?

You may be eligible if you meet both of these requirements.

Both of these must be true:

  • You served on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard), and
  • You received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions)

If you received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable character of discharge, you’re not eligible for a Veteran ID Card. If you have an uncharacterized or unknown discharge status, we’ll have to verify your eligibility before we approve your application.

You’ll need to provide a copy of your discharge papers when you apply for a VIC to prove your character of discharge.

How do I apply for a Veteran ID Card?

You can apply online now.

Note: As of September 2022, all new Veteran ID Cards are digital. If you already have a physical Veteran ID Card, you can continue using it to get discounts. 

SIGN IN HERE with your existing Login.govID.meDS Logon, or My HealtheVet account. If you don’t have any of these accounts, you can create a free or account now.

You’ll need this information

When you apply, be sure to have these on hand:

  • Your Social Security number
  • A digital (scanned) copy of your DD214, DD256, DD257, PHS1867, or NGB22 that you can upload. This could be in a .pdf, .jpeg, or .png file format.
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued identification card.

You’ll also need a digital color photo of yourself from the shoulders up. The photo should follow all these standards:

  • Show a full front view of your face and neck (with no hat, head covering, or headphones covering or casting shadows on your hairline or face), and
  • Be cropped from your shoulders up (much like a passport photo), and
  • Show you with your eyes open and a neutral expression, and
  • Be taken in clothing you’d wear for a driver’s license photo, and
  • Be a square size and have a white or plain-color background (with no scenery or other people in the photo), and
  • Show what you look like now (a photo taken sometime in the last 10 years), and
  • Be uploaded as a .jpeg, .png, .bmp, or .tiff file

What happens after I apply for a Veteran ID Card?

The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs will check your eligibility and verify that:

  • Your character of discharge meets eligibility requirements, and
  • The ID you submitted (driver’s license or passport) is valid, and
  • The image you’ve chosen to appear on the card meets the photo requirements

The Veteran will then be sent an email informing the status of the application. If you have an unknown or uncharacterized discharge status, your application will take more time to process. (USDVA may need to request your records from the National Personnel Records Center.)

If you receive an email from the USDVA asking for additional information or evidence to process your application, you’ll need to sign in to AccessVA and update your application.

If you’re eligible for a Veteran ID Card, you will be notified via email with your digital card attached.

Check the status of your application after you apply

You can SIGN IN HERE to your AccessVA account to check the status of your VIC application.