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The UK Armed Forces Veteran ID Card


Today, the Ministry of Defence has launched a new Veterans ID card.  This 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 you to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.

This card will be rolled out in two phases:

  • 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 before the end of 2019.

In the interim, please do not take the absence of a Veterans ID card as proof that a person is not a Veteran. Instead continue to use your existing processes to verify their Veteran status.

The RMA Central Office will continue to seek out information on how to apply when Phase 2 is announced and determined the status of this card eg. "can you board an internal flight on the basis of this card?"

If you have a question about the ID card, please call the UK helpline number 0808 1914 218 and they should be able to provide the information you need.


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