What is a Veterans Identification Card or Proof of Service Card and how do you get one?
The purpose of the Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is to serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces which can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans. The VIC does not qualify Veterans for additional benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and does not serve as proof for any benefits to which you may be entitled. Also, the VIC will not grant access to military post or installations.
Honorably discharged veterans of all eras who want a identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be able to apply online. To apply for the card, veterans must register with Vets.gov, a process that authenticates users through the ID.me system. Doing so requires users to upload a copy of a valid government photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and provide their Social Security number, among other information. If eligible, you will receive your ID card (at no cost to you) in the mail within 3 weeks. This is the only way to apply for the VIC, Your medical Center or regional office will not be able to assist you. Questions regarding the VIC can be directed to the Vets.gov Help Desk at 1-855-574-7286 Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm (ET)