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How to get a “veteran” designation on your driver’s license or nonoperator identification card

Sample driver's license showing Veteran designation

Honorably discharged veterans are eligible to have a “veteran” designation placed on their driver’s license (DL) or nonoperator identification (ID).

The veteran designation is a completely voluntary initiative designed to assist Iowa veterans. There are thousands of businesses throughout Iowa and the United States, including restaurants, hotels and even home improvement stores that give discounts to veterans. Some of those businesses require proof of veteran status. The veteran designation on a DL or ID card allows you to be quickly identified as a veteran, eliminating the need to carry official military papers for these purposes.

To be authorized to get the veteran designation placed on your DL or ID card, you must first present a copy of your DD 214 or applicable discharge document to your county Veterans Affairs office. That office will confirm your veteran status and complete the required Iowa DOT application form. Take the completed form with you to the DL issuance location. The veteran designation will be added to your DL or ID card when it is issued.

If you are applying for a new license or ID or are renewing a previous one, all usual fees apply.  If you are requesting a duplicate or adding the veteran’s designation to your current DL or ID, there will be a fee of $10.

To expedite the authorization process, you can also bring a completed Iowa DOT application form with you to the county VA office, along with your DD 214. The application form must be certified by the County Veterans Affairs Office or the Iowa Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Find a County Veterans Office near you..