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State of Iowa Veterans Benefits
Types of State Benefits
Please visit the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs website to view state benefits available in the following areas:
  • Driver's License Designation
    • Honorably discharged Veterans may obtain a Veteran designation on their Driver's License or ID card in either of the
      following ways:
      • Present a copy of their DD214 or other required documentation to their county Veterans Affairs office to confirm Veteran status, fill out an Iowa DOT application form, and present the completed form to any driver’s license location.
      • Present a copy of their DD214 that meets all the required criteria indicating they served on active duty and were honorably discharged directly to a driver’s license location.
      • Click here for more information from the Iowa DOT
  • Education
  • High School Diploma
  • Homeownership Assistance
  • IDVA Benefit Specialists
  • Injured Veterans Grant
  • Iowa Veterans Cemetery
    • Click here to view photos taken at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery
  • License Plates
    • Honorably discharged Veterans (as defined in the Code of Iowa 35.1) are eligible to purchase specialty Veteran license plates for their vehicle. These special plates are available through the Iowa Department of Transportation. As of 2014: The special plate issuance fees charged for plates associated with military service have been eliminated. Note: This is the issuance fee and not the registration fee.
  • Lifetime Hunting and Fishing
  • Property Tax Exemption
  • REAL ID
    • Federal REAL ID regulations will be enforced Oct 1, 2020. If your driver's license or ID doesn't have a REAL ID gold star, additional identification and screening may be required to fly or enter a federal building after this date.  Review before you renew, to determine if you need a REAL ID and how to get one.  Click here for more information.
  • Veterans Trust Fund
  • Vietnam Conflict Bonus
  • War Orphan Tuition Assistance