Veterans must present a certified (stamped and sealed) copy of discharge document from the MS Veterans Affairs Board to obtain "VET" designation. At least two (2) weeks before applying to the MS Department of Public Safety (MS DPS) for Veteran ("VET") designation on his/her MS driver's license or identification card, the Veteran shall provide to the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board: (1) A copy of their discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent documentation); AND (2) A written request for verification of Veteran status. The written request for verification/certification of Veteran status should include the following information: (1) Veteran's full name; (2) Veteran's current mailing address; (3) Veteran's phone number; and (4) Veteran's signature. Veterans may submit their discharge document and request for verification/certification by: (1) MAIL: MS Veterans Affairs Board (Vet Drivers License) 3466 Highway 80 East P.O. Box 5947 Pearl, MS 39208 or (2) FAX: MS Veterans Affairs Board (Vet Drivers License) Fax #: (601) 576-4868 Applicants must meet the definition of "Veteran" as outlined in Title 38 of the United States Code and be verified/certified by authorized Mississippi Veterans Board staff. Once Veteran status is verified/certified, the MS Veterans Affairs Board staff will place an approved stamp (as coordinated with MS DPS) and seal on the copy of the Veteran's discharge document and return the copy to the Veteran. For assistance, Veterans may contact the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board at (601) 576-4850 or toll free at (877) 203-5632, or contact their local County Veterans Service Officer. Veterans are encouraged to visit the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board web-site at

PREPARED BY MS SVAB Who Is A Veteran? (As defined by Title 38, United States Code) • A person who served on full time (federal/10 USC) active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, other than active duty for training, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. > Those who enlisted in the military after September 7, 1980, and officers commissioned or who entered active military service after October 16, 1981, must have completed two years of continuous active duty or, in the case of Guard and Reserve, completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to (federal/10 USC) active duty. > Duty for the sole purpose of accession (basic training, technical training, etc) into the National Guard or Reserve or service exclusively under 32 USC (National Guard) are not qualifying under 38USC. • An individual who died while serving on active duty, or was disabled or died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while performing active duty for training or inactive duty training. • Certain members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly the Coast and Geodetic Survey) and the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service; must be verified on case by case basis. • Certain Members of the United States Merchant Marine (WW II); must be verified on case by case basis. **The situations listed above are the most common. Each individual (situation) is distinct and unique and must be verified.


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