Veterans Corner: New Driver’s Licenses for Veterans

About this time last year, Governor Brown signed legislation that will require the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer special driver’s licenses to veterans.  The license will have a “VETERAN” marking indicating service in the United States Armed Forces. This new program goes into effect on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015.

In order to receive your veteran driver’s license, you’ll first need to visit your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) and complete the DMV application (this application will not be available at the local DMV). You’ll need a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) showing the discharge you received or that you served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty. The CSVO will verify the documents presented and approve/stamp the application. You will then take it to the DMV so they can process it and issue your new license with the Veteran designation on it.

If you don’t have a copy of your discharge papers (DD214), the CVSO can order a copy.  You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss the many federal, state, and local benefits you may be eligible for.  The CVSO can also file an application for any benefits you or your family are eligible for.

Applications for the new veteran driver’s license should be available in the CVSO office around November 1, 2015. This new driver’s license will mean that veterans will no longer need to carry their discharge papers to show proof of military service.

Remember, the Colusa County Veteran Services office is here to serve veterans and their dependents. There are many state and federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents that they have earned. To find out if you are eligible for any of these benefits, visit or call our office.  I can and will assist you in completing all required application forms.  You can get information on the Web from the Colusa County Veterans Service Office webpage at

Don Parsons retired Army is the Asst. Veterans Service Officer for Colusa County. Send your questions to the Veterans Service Office, 251 E. Webster St. Colusa, Ca 95932, email    or call (530)458-0388.

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