How to Apply for a Veteran's ID Card


Applying for your Veteran ID card can be done in several ways. The card doesn't contain sensitive personal information on the front such as your Social Security number or birthday, though that information is coded on the back of the card. The card will contain your name, whether you received a Purple Heart, what service you were connected to and whether you were a former prisoner of war. The card, however, won't help you pay for care at non-Veterans Affairs facilities.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security number
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Visit a Veterans Affairs office or log onto their website to apply for a card. If using the website, choose the online application or print a copy. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the online form.

  • Designate 45 minutes to fill out the form. You will need your Social Security number, mother's maiden name, religious affiliation, your last service branch, entry date, discharge date, military service number, general information and general information about your next of kin.

  • You will need to have your picture taken in person at a Veterans Affairs medical center. If you apply in person, you can have your photo taken at that time. If you apply online or through the mail, you can visit a Veterans Affairs office to have your photo taken once you have been approved for the card.

  • Receive your card within seven to 10 days after your picture was taken and if you were approved. Ensure Veterans Affairs has your current mailing address on file.

  • Pick up the card at the facility where you had your photo taken if you don't have a mailing address.

  • Call the number 877-222-8387 if you don't receive your card or if you want to check on its status.


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