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Veteran Identification Card (VIC) FAQs

You may already have an identification card that you can use to show you’re a Veteran. But if you don’t, you can apply for a VIC to get discounts offered to Veterans. 

What’s a VIC?

A VIC is a photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. 

Do I need a VIC if I already have a different kind of Veteran ID?

If you already have a Department of Defense Identification Card or a Veteran Health Identification Card, you don’t need a VIC. There are many types of identification cards you can use to show you’re a Veteran. You only need to have one of them for this purpose. Learn more about the types of Veteran ID cards.

How do I get a VIC?

You can apply online for a VIC. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply.

Are members of the Reserves and National Guard eligible for a VIC?

You may be eligible for a VIC if you served in the Reserves or National Guard and received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions). Learn more about eligibility and how to apply for a VIC.

Do I have to pay for a VIC?

No, you don't have to pay for a VIC. It’s free. 

Will a VIC allow me to access military bases or installations?

No, you can’t use your VIC to access military posts or installations.

VA benefits

  • Health care

    Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

  • Records

    Apply for a printed Veteran ID card, get your VA benefit letters and medical records, and learn how to apply for a discharge upgrade.

Need more help?

MyVA411 main information line: 800-698-2411