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ND Driver's License-Veteran Indicator

Benefit Category: State
ND Drivers License

Veterans can request to have an indicator on their North Dakota driver license to show that they are a Veteran of the US military services. NDCC 39-06-14 (6)

Veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to a Veteran Service Officer

The Veteran Service officer will verify the individual qualifies as a Veteran in accordance with NDCC 37-01-40 (1) (see below), complete and sign the SFN 59980 “Verification of Veteran Status for Veteran Indicator on Drivers License” form.

The Veteran will bring this form to the ND Drivers License Site Location (pdf) when he/she renews the driver’s license. If renewal is not due, the $8.00 duplicate fee will be charged.

The driver’s license will have a “V” on the top left corner next to the ND state flag.


37-01-40(1) Veteran defined - Uniform service dates for wartime veterans.
1. A "veteran" is an individual who has served on continuous federalized active military duty for one hundred eighty days or the full period for which the individual was called or ordered to active military duty for reasons other than training, and who was discharged or released under other than dishonorable conditions. A discharge reflecting "expiration of term of service" or "completion of required service" or words to that effect qualifies the shorter term of service as making the individual a veteran.

History: Established by ND 62nd Legislative Assembly in 2011 through HB 1197

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and/or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).