How to get a veteran ID card

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How to get a veteran ID card
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All veterans eligible to receive veteran's medical benefits must present a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identification card when requesting medical services. All new applicants for VA medical services will receive a card. Established VA medical benefit recipients should consider applying for a replacement card as the new VA identification cards do not include any personal identifying information such as the holder's birth date or Social Security number. The process for obtaining a card is fairly quick and simple.

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  1. 1

    Locate the nearest Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centre. Search for VA medical centre locations on the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

  2. 2

    Apply for enrolment in the VA medical benefits program either in person, by mail or online. Only veterans eligible for VA medical benefits will receive a veteran identification card (VIC).

  3. 3

    Supply the photograph required for the identification card. If you apply at a local office, an agent will take your picture at the end of the application process. Stop by the nearest VA medical centre to have your picture taken if you apply by mail or online. Your VIC will be mailed to you within seven to 10 business days after you have been determined eligible for benefits or immediately if you are replacing an old card.

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