In order to receive a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC), veterans must enroll in the program, either online at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or by telephone at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). Veterans can also enroll at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. They will need to provide one form of primary identification, such as a driver's license or passport, and one form of secondary education, such as a Social Security card or birth certificate.
After enrollment, verification should be indicated by receipt of the Veteran Health Benefits Handbook. At this point, veterans will be asked to have their photograph taken at a local VA medical facility and the VHIC will then be issued by mail.
The card was updated in February 2014 to provide enhanced security, as well as greater accessibility, including the addition of braille. The recent design also features the emblem of the cardholder's most recent military branch, whether this was the Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Air Force.
Despite the updates to the card, veterans who were previously enrolled for receipt of the old design do not need to take any action. If a card is not automatically issued, however, it is advised to speak with an enrollment coordinator at a nearby VA medical facility. The local VA medical facility should also be contacted in cases where recently enrolled veterans have not received their card within 10 days of having their picture taken.