Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans
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:
- Was honorably discharged
- Has a service-related disability of at least 60 percent
- Receives compensation from the United States because of the disability
- Is not subject to sex offender registration requirements
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:
- A signed letter on disability status issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or
- Official documents certifying conditions 1, 2, and 3 above.*
Veteran Designation for Identification Cards
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.
Veteran Designation for Driver Licenses
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:
- U.S. Army
- Air Force
- Coast Guard or Marine Corps
- Texas National Guard (but not Texas State Guard), including the Texas Army and Air National Guard
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:
- Out-of-state/country application
- Copy of DD-214 or DD-215
- Proof of social security number
- Texas driver license or ID card Renewal/Replacement application
- Explanation of Eye Specialist (form required only if renewing a driver license)
- Required fee* (Please send a check, money order or cashier’s check payable to TX DPS.)
|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.