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Michigan Veteran Designation

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy and optional way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply.

Plus, it allows the Secretary of State’s Office to partner with the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, and veteran service organizations to provide referral information so veterans better know what resources and services are available to them.

The word “Veteran” will be printed in red on the front of the card.


Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver’s license or state identification card.

Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Individuals who actively serve in the National Guard or Reserves at the time of application may qualify for the designation if they have a DD214 with an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.

Required documentation

Veterans must provide acceptable documentation to receive the designation. Any submitted form must indicate the character of discharge. Acceptable forms include:

  • DD214 (or correction DD215), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, any copy except Copy 1
  • Form NGB FM 22 or 23, Report of Separation and Record of Service, which must indicate honorable or general discharge
  • Forms WD AGO, such as WD AGO 53-55, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
  • GSA 6954, Certificate of Military Service
  • NAVPERS 553, Extract of Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
  • VA Veteran Health Identification Card
  • DD-2 (blue or pink version),  United States Uniformed Services ID card – issued to retired military and military reserve veterans.

You can obtain Proof of veteran status – How can I obtain a copy of my DD214?

Secretary of State offices will accept other documents issued prior to 1950 if they indicate an honorable or general discharge. Photocopies of official documents are acceptable. Veteran documentation will not be retained by the Secretary of State and will be destroyed if provided by mail.

Documentation needs to be presented only upon the initial request for a driver’s license or ID card with the designation. Subsequent licenses and ID cards will have the designation unless you request that it be removed.

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