Sign up online for a Veterans ID card: Here’s how.

Veterans with honorable service can apply for the Veterans Identification Card (VIC) to use as proof of military service.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin when the card was launched. “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.”

If you already have a photo ID issued by the Department of Defense or a Veterans Health ID, you don’t need the new card. To request a VIC, Veterans must visit, click on “Sign In” in the top right hand corner and establish an account.  Once the Veteran verifies their identity they may request to “Apply for the Veteran ID Card.”  Watch the video above for more information.



Gary Hicks

  is a public affairs specialist and serves as the senior writer in the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. He is a former managing editor of a daily newspaper and served in both the Army and Air Force prior to joining VA in 2006. Gary’s wife is an Air Force Senior NCO stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.


  1. John Clark    

    Yea, but you’ll play hell trying to get the card. I’ve been trying for more than three weeks. System was down, now up but it keeps saying “can’t find my records, try later.”

    1. Edgar Martinez    

      I had the same problem John Clark. It was a nightmare. I deleted my account and waited 2 weeks and started the process over by logging into ebenefits and then going to the tab and then from there made a new account and i had success. Good luck brother.

    2. Thomas Terneus    

      Some states have implemented where Driver’s License (card) will have the word “VETERAN” on the front – after they initially validate your service with the DD214 (only have to do that once). Maryland complies. I have used the Driver’s License instead of military Retired ID for discounts, no issues. Ask your Motor Vehicle Administration to update your license.

  2. Tangela Hill    

    iam a veterans daugther could for a vet id card and iam disable and i have poor eye sigth iam blind and my health is bad

    1. Larry Jerdon    

      Don’t think you qualify for a vet id card if you are not a vet, nor can you receive disability rating. However, you can call 1-800-827-1000 and ask them.

  3. Larry Jerdon    

    This card is different than the Healthcare Card for disabled veterans. If you have any disability rating, you can go into your local VA medical facility and request a card; if not near one, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or go to Not sure where else it can be used but it has saved me $70 parking fee at a parking garage in Galveston when we go on a cruise.

  4. Leon Leibold 3    

    Can I get a ID card …. general discharge under honorable conditions

  5. Robert Smith    

    If you don’t have your DD_card ; but you have your honorable discharge certificate is the # on the certificate a good number to use?

  6. Anthony Bailey    

    I’ve been trying to get this ID card with no success also, it keeps having problems verifying my phone no. They have said it’s because I’m using a prepaid cell phone. You would think it would work regardless as long as it’s your phone and number.

  7. Frank Passaniti    

    I have attempted to obtain a veterans card through the automated request system. I was successful in having my application accepted one day prior to the system crashing. Once my application was accepted the system said it would take approximately 60 days and I would have a card delivered to me. It is past 90 days at this point and I have no card. I know the system does not operate as it should and there is no response with any phone calls made. My account is currently active on the web page but offers no link to identify the status of the card. I would like to know when I will receive my card. Thanks.

  8. Lawrence E. Wood    

    I applied for one weeks ago and have heard nothing.

  9. Thomas W Roberts    

    I too have been trying to get the card but have not been successful. I get a message to the effect that they have no records for me yet I am a Vietnam vet and have a VA Healthcard. It took an inordinate amount of time and energy to get the health card because VA had no record of my service. In spite of all the talk about improvements made by VA, their system appears still broken. I’ve thrown up my hands in disgust!

    1. Megan Moloney    

      Mr. Roberts, if you already have a VA healthcare ID, you do not need the Veteran ID card. The Veteran ID card is for those who do not have a VA Health Care card or a DoD issued ID.

  10. Kim E. Price    

    I have been engaging in this process for 6 months now without any success. I have supplied with my NGB 22 , 55 , Tx DL and photo , as requested. I have called and gone to the web site multiple times without any results.
    This is total incompetence.

  11. C.V. Compton Shaw    

    I recently successfully applied for the veteran card online. From what I understand, veterans will begin receiving the cards in March. Thank you for the new veterans cards. I risked my life as an infantryman in Vietnam for the card!

  12. Todd Stauffer    

    It’s interesting how you said that the new veteran ID cards are easier ways for people to show their proof of service. Allowing them to have an easier time would be really helpful considering that some may have injuries or be older. The easier it is for them the more likely they are to use it.

  13. Dan A Barton Jr    

    As with everything else related to Federal Government, this system is worthless and time consuming! The ID card is a great idea. But I’d rather keep carrying a copy of my DD214 than go through the BS I just went through again!

  14. Jacquelyn Cole    

    Being a spouse of a Vietnam vet….can I get a card??

  15. Mike Sosa    

    Seems like no one cares about these complaints. Found other complaints across the internet.
    Complained about to the OIG and this is the response:


    Dear Mr. Sosa,

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline received your web submission; the reference number in our system is 07496.

    OIG may take action on the following areas within its jurisdiction:

    * VA-related criminal activity
    * Systemic patient safety issues
    * Gross mismanagement of waste of VA resources
    * Misconduct by senior VA officials

    After careful review, it has been determined that your submission does not fall within the scope of the OIG. Please be advised that you can procure a Veterans I.D. card at your Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    Thank you for contacting the VA OIG Hotline.

    Program Specialist # 13
    VA OIG Hotline (53E)


  16. Mike Sosa    

    I complained to the O.I.G. about and posted the O.I.G. response and this site took the post down. How rude!

  17. Robert Lumpkin    

    I have my honorable discharge papers, will I need any other papers? the reason is my papers were burnt up in a fire,I have a letter stating that my papers were burnt up. would I be able to get the new veterans card?

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