Issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans eligible for VA medical care, a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) can be used only as identification at check-in for a medical appointment. A VIC only displays a picture of the veteran, his name and any special status the veteran may have, such as being a Purple Heart recipient or a former Prisoner of War. To protect the veteran's privacy, no Social Security Number or date of birth is displayed on the front of the card.
Find the location of a VA medical facility near you to apply for a VIC by calling VA Health Care at 877-222-8387 or visiting the VA Locations website listed in Resources section below.
Go to a VA medical center to have your picture taken by a staff member. You may have your picture taken the day you apply for VA medical benefits. If you have already been approved for VA medical benefits, you will still need to visit a VA medical facility to have your picture taken. For verification, bring your DD214, Certificate of Discharge and photo identification, such as military ID, passport or driver's license. If you have special eligibility status, such as being a former Prisoner of War or having received the Purple Heart, bring any documents that show proof of the special eligibility.
Ensure your current mailing address is in the VA computer system because the post office will return the VIC if it is undeliverable.
Call the VA at 877-222-8387 or visit the VA medical center where you had your picture taken if you have not received the VIC after seven to 10 days or if the VIC becomes lost or stolen after you have received it.
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs: What is a Veteran Identification Card?
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs: How Do I Get an Identification Card?
- VA Health Care Fact Sheet: Veterans Identification Card
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Health Eligibility Home
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Initiates Campaign to Replace Old ID Cards
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