Did you know that most states offer a free Veterans designation on driver’s licenses? A Veterans designation on your driver’s license can help you get more military discounts and make the most of your Veterans benefits.
While there are other forms of ID you can show to get military discounts, getting a Veterans designation on your driver’s license ensures you don’t have to carry around other forms of ID such as your DD-214 or a Veterans ID to get the discount.
How Do I Get the Veterans Designation on My Driver’s License?
To get the Veteran designation on a driver’s license, you just need to go to a driver license office and present any of the following documents:
- Block 19 of the PHS1867 form must show dates of military service, “Honorable” or “General under Honorable conditions” and order# or branch authority
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Proof of Service/Verification of Honorable Service Card
- U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs disability letter
- A Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) or license to carry (LTC) with a veteran designator
- Veterans Identification Card (VIC)
The document may be either a copy or an original, and it must show that the Veteran received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
Disabled Veterans who were honorably discharged may also qualify for a free driver’s license. Learn more about Veterans services at the Texas Department of Public Safety here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/driver-license/veteran-services
What Kind of Discounts Are Available to Veterans?
There are many discounts available to Veterans from almost any kind of business you can think of. From restaurants to grocery stores to theme parks, plenty of businesses, big and small, offer military discounts to current and former service members. Military discounts typically take 5-10% off of a final price, which can really add up over time to be beneficial.
Military.com has a list of businesses that offer discounts that may be helpful to veterans looking for discounts. Having the Veteran designation on your driver’s license makes it easy to prove your service and make the most of your Veteran benefits.
Can Veteran Discounts Really Help Me Save Money?
While a 5-10% discount may not sound like much for a small purchase, it’s important to remember that military discounts are often offered for expensive goods and services as well as cheaper ones. 10% off of a meal at a restaurant may only save you a few dollars, but 10% off of a home appliance could save you hundreds. Additionally, a 10% discount on services like home repairs could save you thousands.
It never hurts to ask businesses, no matter how big or small, if they offer military discounts. You can save money on small purchases, large purchases, services, attractions, travel, and much more.
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The Veterans Legal Assistance Program’s goal is to support Veterans and those serving in active-duty, as well as their families. We want to inform you of the issues affecting the Veteran community and connect you with people we trust.
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