Apply for an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card

The HM Armed Forces Veteran Card

The HM Armed Forces Veteran Card is a quick and easy way to prove your status as a veteran.

It’s a recognition of your service and can be one of the ways that helps you maintain a link with your service identity.

Image of Veterans ID Card

Submit your application for an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card, a verification of your service in the UK armed forces. This card streamlines the process of seeking support as a veteran, making it faster and more convenient.

The application is free of charge, and currently available only to individuals with a UK address. Veterans without a UK address can apply later in the year.

Explore the benefits of the Veteran Card and determine eligibility based on your service branch:

  • Royal Navy
  • Army
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • Royal Marines

If you served in a different group within the UK armed forces, eligibility can be confirmed during the online application or by requesting a postal form.

Exclusions apply if you served in the armed forces of another country or alongside the UK armed forces, such as the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force.

During the application process, you will need to provide:

  • Service number for your last period of service
  • National Insurance number
  • Approximate start and end dates of your service (exact dates not required)
  • Recent digital passport-style photo showing your head and shoulders

To apply online, verify your identity using GOV.UK One Login, which can be created if you don’t have one. Ensure you have an email address and photo ID (e.g., UK passport or driving licence). Online applications are only accepted for individuals applying on their own behalf; if obtaining a card for someone else, apply by post.

Apply online

To apply online, you’ll need to prove your identity using GOV.UK One Login. You’ll be able to create a GOV.UK One Login if you do not already have one.

To do this, you’ll need:

  • an email address
  • photo ID – for example, a UK passport or driving licence

You can only apply online if you’re applying on your own behalf. If you’re getting a card for someone else, apply by post.

Other ways to apply

Contact the Veterans UK Helpline if you cannot apply online. They’ll send you a form that you can return by post.

Veterans UK Helpline
veterans-uk@mod.gov.uk 
Telephone: 0808 1914 218
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges  

After you’ve applied

You’ll get your Veteran Card within 8 weeks of completing your application.

You can also apply for a veterans badge or a medal if you’re eligible.

Get help

Contact the Veterans UK Helpline if you need help applying.

Veterans UK Helpline
veterans-uk@mod.gov.uk 
Telephone: 0808 1914 218
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm  
Find out about call charges  

Ways to use a Veteran Card

There are many services available to ex-members of the armed forces.

To access these services some organisations, including charities, may need to verify that you are a veteran. This is to ensure that only those who are eligible access services specifically for veterans and their families.

As a veteran you can prove your status in many ways, and an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card is a simple way to do this.

For example, you need to verify your veteran status when you:

  • get a Veterans’ Railcard, entitling you to up to a third off most rail travel in England, Scotland and Wales
  • get a Defence Discount Service Card, to claim discounts in over 12,000 restaurants and shops, on the high street and online
  • access specific offers during special events, such as free travel on public transport to and from remembrance events on the weekend of Remembrance Sunday

There are other services and government initiatives available to veterans where your Veteran Card may be useful.