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Veterans ID Cards

  • The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015.
  • The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting regulations that will allow VA to implement and enforce the legislation. However, this is a lengthy process that requires time for a public comment period as well as approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The rule making process is expected to take 12 months or more. VA is also in the process of developing procedures and policies to implement the VA ID card program. VA currently estimates the program will be implemented in 2017. 
  • Veterans who are enrolled in VA healthcare may already use their registration cards to confirm their Veteran status. More information on VA ID Cards for VA Health Care is available at: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/index.asp
  • Veterans who are not enrolled in VA healthcare, may request a letter confirming their honorable service through our eBenefits web portal, by calling the VA toll-free number at 1-800-827-1000, by email at https://iris.custhelp.com/, by visiting any VA Regional Office, or by enrolling in eBenefits.
  • In addition, Washington State will provide a Veterans Designation on a WA State Drivers License or ID Card beginning in the Fall of 2017.  There will be no fee for adding the designation.

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