State Agencies Remind Veterans of Designation on Driver’s Licenses


CHARLESTON, W.Va.-Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe Miller and West Virginia Department of Veteran’s Assistance Cabinet Secretary Keith Gwinn would like to remind citizens that the Veteran’s designation is now available on driver’s licenses.

Commissioner Miller said, “We are thrilled to offer this designation to our Veterans!  We unveiled the new designation last month in Parkersburg, and the response has been tremendous.”  Cabinet Secretary Gwinn added, “West Virginians genuinely support and appreciate our country's Veterans and are always eager to give back to them in any way they can. There are a number of organizations and businesses throughout the state that offer Veterans special discounts and incentives, however, most have no way of confirming an individual's military service. That is why having your Veteran status designated right on your driver's license is so important. Finally our Veterans have a convenient way to take advantage of the benefits they need and deserve.”

To obtain the Veteran’s designation, applicants need to apply at their local DMV regional office and bring in their DD 214, another form of military identification, or their motor vehicle registration card showing a current military license plate.  There is no charge if the designation is the only transaction being sought at the time. 

In addition to a military form of identification, applicants will need to bring in the applicable licensing documentation required  since January 3, 2012, per the REAL ID Act of 2005.  Those documents are outlined as follows:

  • If applicant HAS NOT received a license or ID since January 3, 2012
    • One proof of identity
    • One proof of social security
    • Two proofs of residency
    • Any name change documents to establish a link in the applicant’s identity
  • If applicant HAS received a license or ID on January 3, 2012 or after:
    • One proof of residency

Commissioner Miller encourages all applicants to call the DMV Call Center at 1-800-642-9066 with any questions before going to a regional office.  “Our focus is customer service, and we want our customers to have a pleasant and efficient visit to the DMV.  Our fully-staffed Call Center and website are both great information resources to ensure that all of the necessary documents are in place before going to the DMV.”
Veterans may also contact the Department of Veteran’s Assistance by visiting the web site at