The UK Armed Forces Veterans ID Card Launches Today!

The Ministry of Defence launches the new Veterans ID card today which will enable public and charitable sector services to instantly recognise the service of a Veteran.

This card will provide proof that a Veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a Veteran, which is one day’s service.

Currently, there is no way for existing Veterans to easily prove the fact that they have served, and the administrative burden on providers when verifying that a person is a Veteran can be considerable, both in time and cost. This card will allow organisations to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.

Delivery will be rolled out in two tranches

Phase 1: The Veterans ID Card will be provided to all Service Leavers only, as part of the discharge process with effect from today, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018.

Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time, before the end of 2019.

If you have any questions about the ID card, please contact the Veterans UK helpline number below and they will be able to provide the relevant information.

Telephone: 0808 1914 218

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