U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Offering National Veterans I.D. Card

Westchester, NY – A long-awaited mandate to honor veterans that was legislated in 2015 has finally been rolled out by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Westchester County Clerk’s Office would like to highlight the National Veterans Identification Card (VIC), informing all honorably discharged veterans, another action honoring their service to this country.

Only those veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form used to obtain promotional discounts and other services offered to veterans.

County Clerk Tim Idoni, records keeper of the files said, "The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. The Westchester County Clerk's office is pleased to announce that we can assist veterans in receiving this invaluable resource."

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin said, “The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for more veterans to show proof of service with the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-2114s to obtain Veterans discounts and other services. In fact, veterans are encouraged to file their DD-214’s with the Clerk’s office for safekeeping.

Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC. In addition to securing the card locally through the Office of the Westchester County Clerk, eligible veterans can request a VIC, Veterans can apply online at www.vets.gov. On the bottom left of the page click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” and sign in or create an account.




Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

Please call Crystal Collins Program Administrator if you have any questions at (914) 995-3082 for more information or visit the County Clerk’s office at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in White Plains. We are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Information is also available on the County Clerk website at www.westchesterclerk.com. Please click here for our brochure.

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