Veteran Designation for Driver Licenses and Identification cards
DPS offers a VETERAN designation printed on the face of driver licenses and identification cards for qualifying veterans.
To be eligible for the veteran designation, an individual must be a veteran who was honorably discharged.
For this purpose, a veteran is someone who served in the:
- U.S. Army
- Marine Corps
- Air Force
- Coast Guard
- Texas National Guard (but not Texas State Guard), including the Texas Army and Air National Guard
Verification of Veteran and Discharge Status
To request the Veteran designator, outside of your DL or ID renewal period, a Veteran must visit a driver license office and present one of the following:
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability letter
- A Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) or license to carry (LTC) with a veteran designator
The document presented, may be a copy or an original and must show the veteran received an honorable discharge or a general discharge (under honorable conditions). To request the Veteran designator within your renewal period, the request may be made by mail or by visiting a driver license office.
Veterans who are out of the state may request the veteran designation by mailing the following:
- Out-of-state/country application
- Copy of DD-214 or DD-215
- Proof of social security number
- Texas driver license or ID card Renewal/Replacement application
- Explanation of Eye Specialist (form required only if renewinga driver license)
- Required fee* (Please send a check, money order or cashier’s check payable to TX DPS.)
*The veteran designation is free-of-charge when applying for an original/renewal driver license or when making a change to a license. Veterans who are only adding a designation must pay the required fee for a duplicate license.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Central Cash Receiving
P.O. Box 15999
Austin, TX 78761-5999