A Texas driver license or ID card may be provided free-of-charge to a veteran of the United States Armed Forces if the veteran:
NOTE: The driver license fee exemption does not apply to commercial driver licenses.
Verification of Disability
To qualify for a fee exemption, veterans must present documents to verify their disability status while at the driver license office. If renewing by mail, the verification documents must be included with the renewal invitation. Once the disability status is established, the veteran will be eligible to use online services for fee-exempt driver license transactions.
To verify the disability, please present one of the following:
*If a veteran receives disability compensation but does not have a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, verification of the disability must be provided by the veteran’s branch of military service.
Effective 1 September 2013, Senate Bill 164 authorized the ability to display a “Veteran” designation on Texas Identification cards. Changes to the driver license system are currently underway for this new option and will be available in the near future.
When available, the same eligibility criteria will apply as the “Veteran” designation on a Texas Driver License.
DPS offers a VETERAN designation printed on the face of driver licenses for qualifying veterans. The designation for ID cards will be available in the near future.
To be eligible for the veteran designation, an individual must be a veteran who was honorably discharged.
For this purpose, a veteran is someone who served in the:
Verification of Veteran and Discharge Status
Veterans must visit a driver license office and present their DD-214, DD-215, NGB-22, or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability letter. The document can be a copy or an original, but it must show that the veteran received an honorable discharge or a general discharge (under honorable conditions).
Veterans who are out of the state may request the veteran designation by mailing the following:
*The veteran designation is free-of-charge when applying for an original/renewal driver license or when making a change to a license. Veterans who are only adding a designation must pay the required fee for a duplicate license.
|Mailing Address:||Texas Department of Public Safety|
|Central Cash Receiving|
|P.O. Box 15999|
|Austin, TX 78761-5999|
Veterans that qualify for a fee-exempt driver license as outlined in the “Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans” section will not be charged the duplicate license fee to add the veteran designation.