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

Through 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.

Your Local CVSO Offices

Santa Clara County Veterans Service Office:

Location: Santa Clara
Hours: M-F 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm
Office: 68 N. Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 95050
Main: (408) 553-6000
Fax: (408) 553-6016

Santa Cruz County Veterans Service Offices:

Location: Santa Cruz
Hours: M-Th 8am - 12pm & 1pm - 5pm
Office: 842 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Main: (831) 454-4761
Fax: (831) 454-1290

Location: Watsonville
Hours: Th 8:30am - 12pm & 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Office: 215 E. Beach St, Watsonville, CA, 95076
Main: (831) 454-4761

Monterey County Veterans Service Offices:

Location: Monterey
Hours: M-Th 8am - 5pm; F 8am - 12pm
Office: 1200 Aguajito Rd, # 003, Monterey, CA, 93940
Main: (831) 647-7613
Fax: (831) 647-7618

Location: Salinas
Hours: T-F 8am - 12pm
Office: 100 S. Main St, Ste 107, Salinas, CA, 93901
Main: (831) 796-3585
Fax: (831) 755-4449

Location: Seaside VA Clinic
Office: 3401 Engineer Ln, Monterey, CA, 93940
Main: (831) 883-3811
Fax: (831) 883-3860