A Better Way to Access Veterans Benefits

Through their service to our country, veterans have earned a wide range of benefits.

However, it can be difficult to verify their service in order to acquire those benefits. In fact, not having proof of military service is one of the biggest obstacles veterans face gaining access to resources, benefits, and services. As such, a new law that I had the privilege of supporting is fixing this problem by adding the word “veteran” to California identification cards.

Starting Nov. 12, veterans can easily prove their eligibility to receive state and federal veterans benefits without having to carry inconvenient and inefficient papers.

Applying for the veteran driver’s license and ID is easy:

1. Simply find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need help obtaining your military records, then contact your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
2. Stop by your local CVSO with your DD214 for verification.
3. Go to www.dmv.ca.gov, or call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, to make an appointment. Bring your verified application form, and the small $5 application fee.

You must complete all applicable requirements. The application form certifies the veteran applying for the veteran ID card is from the active armed forces, and was discharged under honorable circumstances.


San Diego County

Tom Splitgerber, CVSO
5560 Overland Drive, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 694-3222
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Oceanside Outreach Center
1300 Rancho Del Oro Road, Room 138
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 643-2049
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (Mon-Fri)

Chula Vista Veterans Home
700 E. Naples Court, Room A-159
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 482-6010
Vet Office (Dennie)
(619) 205-1173
(619) 205-1129 (F)

Escondido VA Clinic
815 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 466-7020
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. (Tue-Thu)

San Marcos Vet Center
1 Civic Center Drive, Suite 150
San Marcos, CA 92069
(855) 898-6050
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (Wed)

La Jolla VA Medical Center
VA Transition Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
(858) 552-8585, ext. 1813

Chula Vista Vet Center
180 Otay Lake Road, Street 108
Bonita, CA 91902
(877) 618-6534
Hours: 7:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. (Fri)

Escondido Veterans Services
247 S. Kalmia Street
Escondido, CA
(460) 480-1657
(760) 480-1124
Hours: 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.