FAQ
Veterans Designation
Does the veteran designation qualify me to receive veteran benefits?

No, the veteran designation is not legal proof of veteran status and does not qualify you for receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, or other state and federal agencies.

 

 

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How can I have the designation removed?

The designation can be removed at no charge at any time by visiting an office or requesting the removal by mailing to Michigan Department of State, Renewal By Mail Unit, Lansing MI, 48918, or faxing your request to 517-322-6822.

 

 

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When can veterans apply for the veteran designation?

Michigan veterans can apply for the veteran designation starting on May 1, 2014.

 

 

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Am I required to obtain the designation?

No. The designation is optional.

 

 

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Can my spouse and dependents have the veteran designation?

No.
 

 

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Will my veteran status be shared with other organizations?

Besides providing veterans with an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts at retailers, the designation also allows the Secretary of State's Office to partner with the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency to provide information so veterans better know what resources and services are available to them.
 

 

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Do I qualify for veteran designation if I am on active duty?

No, unless you are Active Reserve and possess a DD214.

 

 

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What is the veteran designation?

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses.

It also allows the Secretary of State's Office to partner with the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, and veteran service organizations to provide referral information so veterans better know what resources and services are available to them.

The word "Veteran" will be printed in red on the front of the card.

MI license with veteran designation

 

 

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What documentation is required to obtain the veteran designation?

Veterans must provide acceptable documentation to receive the designation. Any submitted form must indicate the character of discharge. Acceptable forms include:

  • DD214 (or correction DD215), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, any copy except Copy 1
     
  • Form NGB FM 22 or 23, Report of Separation and Record of Service, which must indicate honorable or general discharge
     
  • Forms WD AGO, such as WD AGO 53-55, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
     
  • GSA 6954, Certificate of Military Service
     
  • NAVPERS 553, Extract of Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
     
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC)

Secretary of State offices will accept other documents issued prior to 1950 if they indicate an honorable or general discharge. Photocopies of official documents are acceptable. Veteran documentation will not be retained by the Secretary of State and will be destroyed if provided by mail.

Documentation needs to be presented only upon the initial request for a driver's license or ID card with the designation. Subsequent licenses and ID cards will have the designation unless you request that it be removed.

 

 

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Is there a cost for obtaining the veteran designation?

If you are renewing your license or ID card, or applying for one for your first Michigan driver's license or ID, you will pay only the normal driver's license or ID card fee.

Otherwise, the standard fee for a corrected license or ID card will apply.

 

 

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How do I add the veteran designation to my driver's license or ID card?

The designation may be added by visiting any Secretary of State office and providing the required documentation.

If the designation is added when you apply for your first Michigan driver's license or ID card, or at the time you're renewing, you will only pay the normal renewal fee. Otherwise, the standard fee for a corrected license or ID card will apply.

If you are renewing your license or ID card by mail, you must include the required documentation and the completed Veteran Designation Application form along with your renewal form so the designation is included on your new card. Please note the documentation submitted will not be returned to you. Copies are accepted.

If you want to add the veteran designation outside of your renewal period and do not want to visit a Secretary of State office, send in the completed Veteran Designation Application form, the required documentation and the applicable fee.

Current renewal and correction fees for standard licenses are listed at http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_14648-75447--,00.html, and for enhanced licenses at http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_8669_9040-213056--,00.html. Current renewal and correction fees for standard and enhanced state IDs are listed at http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_8668_53359_53361-213207--,00.html.

Mail your completed application, veteran documentation and applicable fee to:

Michigan Department of State
Renewal By Mail Unit
Lansing, MI 48918
 
The veteran designation cannot be requested when a driver's license or ID card is renewed online.

 

 

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What if I already have a veteran designation from another state?

You will be required to provide your service documentation, such as a DD214, to have the designation put on your Michigan driver's license or ID card.

 

 

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Who is eligible to have a veteran designation on their license or ID card?

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver's license or state identification card.

Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Individuals who actively serve in the National Guard or Reserves at the time of application may qualify for the designation if they have a DD214 with an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.
 

 

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How can I obtain a copy of my DD214?

For copies of your military discharge papers, write to: 

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138

Or you can request a copy from the National Archives online, or from Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency online or by phone at 1-800-MICHVET.

 

 

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