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Veterans: Proof of Identity

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timescale is for Phase 2 of the Veterans ID card.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to publicise the Veterans ID card.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Phase one of the Veterans ID card was launched in February 2019 and Service leavers now receive a card as part of the discharge process. Phase two will enable existing veterans to more quickly, easily, and securely prove they served in the UK Armed Forces so they can access the services they need, through digital means. We had hoped to have that in place by the end of 2019 but the requirement to future-proof the ID card so that veterans can access a wider range of benefits and to safeguard against fraudulent use means that this process will take longer.

Information on how to apply will be released closer to the launch date at the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers.

The launch of the second phase will be accompanied by appropriate publicity.

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