How to get a “veteran” designation on your driver’s license or nonoperator identification card
Honorably discharged veterans who have active duty experience are eligible to have a “veteran” designation placed on their driver’s license or nonoperator identification (ID).
The veteran designation is a completely voluntary initiative designed to assist Iowa veterans. There are thousands of businesses throughout Iowa and the United States, including restaurants, hotels and even home improvement stores that give discounts to veterans. Some of those businesses require proof of veteran status. The veteran designation on a driver's license or ID card allows you to be quickly identified as a veteran, eliminating the need to carry official military papers for these purposes.
There are two ways to receive the designation.
Take a copy of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty from the Department of Defense) directly to a driver’s license issuance location.
To be eligible, your DD 214 must show both a character of service indicating an honorable discharge and be listed as active duty (not training active duty) prior to your discharge.
Once you have received a veteran’s designation, the Iowa DOT will notify the County Commission of Veteran’s Affairs so that the commission may initiate contact with you.
Present your DD 214 to your county Veterans Affairs office, complete the required Iowa DOT application form, and then bring it to a driver's license issuance location.
The same requirements must be met – active duty and honorable discharge.
The County Veterans Affairs office will confirm your veteran status and complete the required Iowa DOT application form. Take the completed form with you to any driver's license issuance location. The veteran designation will be added to your driver's license or ID card when it is issued. To expedite the authorization process, you can also bring a completed Iowa DOT application form with you to the county VA office, along with your DD 214. The application form must be certified by the County Veterans Affairs Office or the Iowa Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Find a County Veterans Office near you.
If you are applying for a new license or ID or are renewing a previous one, all usual fees apply. If you are requesting a duplicate or adding the veteran’s designation to your current DL or ID, there will be a fee of $10.