Idaho Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Idaho Military and Veterans Benefits: Idaho offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including Idaho National Guard State Education Assistance Program, state park passes, vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Office of Veterans Advocacy Idaho Office of Veterans Advocacy, Service Officers: The Idaho Office of Veterans Advocacy has trained Service Officers that can assists Veterans, Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans’ benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge. For more information, please call 208-780-1380.
Idaho Office of Veterans Advocacy, Service Officer Directory

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Idaho Military and Veterans State Benefits Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Idaho Income Tax on Military Pay for Resident Service Members: All military pay received by an Idaho resident Service member that is stationed outside Idaho for 120 continuous days is not taxed.

All military pay received by an Idaho resident Service member that is stationed in Idaho is taxed.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.

Learn more about Idaho Income Tax on Military Pay for Resident Service Members

Idaho Retirement Benefits Deduction for Military Retired Pay: The Idaho Retirement Benefits Deduction has a two-part qualification. Service members must qualify for both parts to receive this deduction.

Part One - Age, or age and disability requirement:

  • Taxpayer is 65 years old or older, or

  • Taxpayer is 62 years old or older and:

    • Veteran of a U.S. war with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more

    • Veteran of a U.S. war with a non-service-connected disability pension

    • Recognized as disabled by the Social Security Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Office of Management and Budget

    • Has a permanent disability (certified by a physician) with no expectation of improvement.

Part Two - Qualified retirement benefit:

  • Retirement benefits paid by the U.S. Government to a retired Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Survivor benefits paid to an unremarried Surviving Spouse of a retired Service member.

The deductions for 2021 are:

  • Married Filing Jointly:

  •  65 years old or older - $56,664

  • 62 years old or older and disabled - $56,664

  • Filing Single:

  • 65 years old or older - $37,776

  • 62 years old or older and disabled - $37,776

Idaho State Tax Commission, Individual Income Tax Forms

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Idaho State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are Idaho state capitol buildingconsidered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information

Learn more about Idaho State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

Idaho State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Idaho State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Idaho State Tax Deduction: The Idaho Retirement Benefits Deduction has a two-part qualification. Surviving Spouses must qualify for both parts to 3 people walking in a veteran cemeteryreceive this deduction.

Part One is an age, or age and disability requirement:

  • Taxpayer is 65 years old or older, or

  • Taxpayer is 62 years old or older and:

    • Veteran of a U.S. war and has a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more

    • Veteran of a U.S. war and has a non-service-connected disability pension

    • Recognized as disabled by the Social Security Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Office of Management and Budget

    • Has a permanent disability (certified by a physician) with no expectation of improvement.

Part Two is a qualified retirement benefit:

  • Retirement benefits paid by the U.S. Government to a retired Service member of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Survivor benefits paid to an unremarried Surviving Spouse of a retired Service member.

The deductions for 2021 are:

  • Married Filing Jointly:

    • 65 years old or older - $56,664

    • 62 years old or older and disabled - $56,664

  • Filing Single:

    • 65 years old or older - $37,776

    • 62 years old or older and disabled - $37,776

Idaho State Tax Commission, Individual Income Tax Forms

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Idaho State Tax Deduction

Nonresident Military Spouses Exempt from Idaho Income Tax: The nonresident Spouse of a nonresident Service member does not have to pay taxes on income earned in Idaho if they meet the following requirements:

  • Married to a Service member on active duty who is stationed in Idaho, who has a state of residence other than Idaho

  • Moved to Idaho to be with the Service member and has the same state of residence as the Service member.

To claim this exemption military Spouses must file an Idaho State Tax Commission, Form ID-MS1 Employee's Idaho Military Spouse Withholding Exemption Certificate, each year with their employer.

Learn more about Nonresident Military Spouses Exempt from Idaho Income Tax

Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program: The Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program (also known as the Circuit Breaker program) reduces property taxes on the home and up to one acre of land for qualified applicants. Reductions are based on income from the previous calendar year and offer up to a $1,500 reduction on property taxes. Idaho Property Tax Reduction Income Brackets
Who is eligible for the Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program? To qualify or the Idaho Property Tax Reduction Program property owners must meet the following requirements:

  • Idaho resident

  • Own and occupy home or mobile home (value does not exceed a limit that will be calculated in June 2022)

  • Total 2021 income, after deducting medical expenses, was $32,230 or less.

  • Meet one of the following requirements as of January 1, 2022:

    • 65 or older

    • Former prisoner of war or hostage

    • Motherless or fatherless Child under 18

    • Blind

    • Surviving Spouse

    • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Federal Civil Service, VA, or other public employment retirement system.

Property owners must apply each year between January 1 and April 18 with their local county assessor.
Idaho Tax Commission, Application for Property Tax Reduction for 2022
Idaho Tax Commission, Property Tax Reduction Program 2022 Fact Sheet
Idaho County Assessor Directory

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Idaho Property Tax Deferral Program: The Idaho Property Tax Deferral Program allows property owners to defer property taxes on their home and up to one acre of land. Taxes and interest must eventually be repaid if ownership of the property changes or the property no longer qualifies.
Who is eligible for the Idaho Property Tax Deferral Program?
To qualify or the Idaho Property Tax Deferral Program property owners must meet the following requirements:

  • Own and occupy home or mobile home before April 15, 2022, that does not have a reverse mortgage or home equity line of credit

  • Total 2021 combined income less than $50,650

  • Meet one of the following requirements as of January 1, 2022:

    • 65 or older

    • Former prisoner of war or hostage

    • Motherless or fatherless Child under 18

    • Blind

    • Surviving Spouse

    • Veteran with a 10% or more service-connected disability or who is receiving a pension from the VA for a non-service-connected disability

    • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Federal Civil Service, VA, or other public employment retirement system.

Property owners must apply each year between January 1 and September 7, 2022, with their local county assessor.
Idaho Tax Commission, 2022 Application for Property Tax Deferral
Idaho Tax Commission, Property Tax Deferral Program 2022 Factsheet
Idaho County Assessor Directory

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Idaho National Guard State Education Assistance Program (SEAP): SEAP will pay up to $4000 per state fiscal year for tuition and registration fees at any public or private institution of higher education in Idaho for Idaho National Guard Service members. Federal tuition assistance must be used prior to soldier taking notesusing SEAP assistance. SEAP funds are awarded at the end of each academic term.
Who is eligible for the Idaho National Guard State Education Assistance Program? To be eligible for SEAP Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the Idaho National Guard

  • Graduate of Basic Military/Combat Training

  • No more than 4 unexcused absences during the last 12 months

  • Not flagged for adverse action

  • Passed most recent physical fitness test and meet height and weight standards

  • Have more than two years remaining of service obligation on the start date of class

  • Must maintain an active and satisfactory status in the Idaho National Guard throughout the entire course/ term that SEAP funds are requested

  • Service members have a minimum grade of “C” in a class to receive reimbursement.

For more information contact Idaho National Guard Education Services
Idaho National Guard State Education Assistance Program Application Information
Idaho National Guard State Education Assistance Program Statement of Understanding

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Idaho Operation Education Scholarship Program: The Idaho Operation Education Scholarship Program is designed to assist severely injured Service members and their Spouses while they are pursuing a higher education degree at the University of Idaho.

Operation Education can assist with tuition, books and fees, on-campus housing, transportation, medical assistance, Childcare, adaptive equipment, mentoring and tutoring. They can also help with academic and career planning, networking, internships and job placement.
Who is eligible for the Idaho Operation Education Scholarship Program?

  • Honorably discharged Veteran that served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and has a service-connected disability caused or aggravated by military service after September 11, 2001 and has a documented disability that severely impacts one or more major life activities

  • Meets the requirements for admission to the University of Idaho

  • Enrolled full-time as an undergraduate, graduate or law student at the University of Idaho (if disabilities prevent full-time enrollment requirement may be waived)

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Priority for assistance will be given to Idaho residents and to those Veterans whose injury and resulting disability are the result of action in a combat zone.

Veterans' Spouses may apply jointly or individually for the Operation Education Scholarship. For more information please call 208-885-6229.
University of Idaho, Operation Education Eligibility Requirements
University of Idaho, Operation Education, Resources and Support
University of Idaho, Operation Education Application

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Idaho Instate Tuition for Service Members Veterans and Dependents: Idaho will grant residence for tuition purposes to eligible Service members, Veterans and their Family members.
Who is eligible for Idaho Instate Tuition for Service Members Veterans and Dependents? To be eligible for residency for tuition purposes, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Service member that entered the U.S. Armed Forces as an Idaho resident, has maintained residency but is stationed outside of Idaho and their dependents

  • Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Idaho and their dependents

  • Idaho National Guard Service members and their dependents

  • Service Member who has separated under honorable conditions after at least two years of service and enters an Idaho public institution within one year of separation date:

    • At the time of separation designated Idaho as their intended state of residence, or

    • Listed Idaho as their state of residence while they were serving

    • Moves to Idaho to establish residence, must actively establish residence within one year of registration at an Idaho public education institution.

Learn more about Idaho Instate Tuition for Service Members and Dependents

Children sitting on the steps of a school Idaho Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 208-332-6955 / 6814

Learn more about Idaho Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Idaho Public Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preference: When hiring for public employment for initial classified positions in Idaho, hiring officials must give hiring preference to qualified Veterans, Spouses and Surviving Spouses.MP standing in front of equipment

For positions where applicants are selected using a scoring system, preference is given by adding points to passing competitive examination scores. For positions where the applicants are not subject to a scoring system, a Veteran is entitled to preference over other applicants who are not more qualified.

Five Points Veterans’ Preference Eligibility:

  • Veterans discharged or released after at least 180 days active duty under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge)

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

Ten Point Disabled Veterans’ Preference Eligibility:

  • Veterans discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge) and have a service-connected disability of 10% or greater

  • Purple Heart recipient

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Spouse of any Veteran who cannot qualify for the position due to their service-connected disability.

Ten Point Disabled Veterans’ Preference and Interview Eligibility - Veterans discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (Honorable or General Discharge) and have a service-connected disability of 30% or greater will receive 10 points and be offered the chance to interview if they are in the list of the top 25 qualified applicants.

Applications by Recently Discharged Veterans - Veterans that were discharged within 120 days or were hospitalized (for up to one year) may file an application for any state classified position that has already closed, provided there is still a vacant position.

Applications by Disabled Veterans - Any disabled Veteran may file an application at any time for any state classified position in Idaho.

Idaho Veterans Preference Form
Idaho Department of Labor, Veterans Preference Frequently Asked Questions

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Idaho Occupational and Professional License Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Spouses: Idaho offers several professional license benefits for Service members, Veterans and their spouses.

Service members that have an Idaho professional license are exempt from paying renewal fees while serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, the licenses will remain in good standing, will not require renewal and cannot be cancelled, suspended or revoked. The Service member’s professional license will remain valid until six months after their discharge. Idaho Code Section 67-2602A

Idaho professional and occupational licensing boards may accept military education, training and experience toward meeting the qualifications for a license, certification or registration. Boards may also expedite applications from Service members, Veterans or Spouses. Idaho Code Sections 67-9401 through 9407

Who is eligible for Idaho Professional License Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Spouses? Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces, honorably discharged Veterans and their Spouses are eligible for occupation and professional licensing benefits.

For more information, please contact the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses by email at dopl@dopl.idaho.gov or by phone at 208-334-3233.
Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses, Occupation Contact Information

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Idaho State Employee Leave for Military Duty: State employees that are also members of the National Guard or Reserves are eligible for 120 hours of paid military leave for military duty. This leave must be without loss of pay, time, or efficiency rating.
Who is eligible for Idaho State Employee Leave for Military Duty? National Guard or Reserve Service members that are state employees are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Idaho State Employee Leave for Military Duty

Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during Idaho ARNGreduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war, or

  • During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Idaho Hilton Honors Military Program: The Idaho Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the Idaho Hilton Honors Military Program

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 What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Idaho Unemployment Insurance (UI):
UI benefits provide temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are word resume typed on papernot based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program.

Who is eligible for Idaho UI? To be eligible for UI applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Totally or partially unemployed through no fault of their own

  • U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Available for full-time work

  • Able to perform full-time work

  • Actively seeking full-time work

  • Establish monetary eligibility by having enough earnings under the Idaho Department of Labor, UI Monetary Eligibility Requirements.

To file an UI claim, applicants will need the following information:

  • Social Security number

  • Driver's license

  • Alien Registration number and card if not a U.S. citizen

  • Employment information of all employers during the last 2 years:

    • Business names, complete addresses and phone numbers

    • Dates started and ended work for each employer

    • Total gross earnings from each employer

    • Reason no longer working for each employer

  • DD214, Member Copy 4, for military service in the past 2 years.

Applicants must file for UI at the Idaho Department of Labor, Online UI Claimant Portal, claims are not accepted over the telephone. Applicants without internet access or need help filing can visit their nearest local Idaho Department of Labor office.
Idaho Department of Labor, Local Office Directory
Idaho Department of Labor, How to File a Claim Fact Sheet
Idaho Department of Labor, UI Claimant Guide

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Idaho Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards: Idaho offers a Veteran designation on Idaho driver's licenses or state-issued ID cards to honorably discharged Veterans.

There is no charge to add the designation to a new or renewed Idaho driver's Idaho Drivers License with Veteran Designation license or ID card. There is a $20 duplicate card fee to add the Veteran designation at any other time.

To request the Veteran designation, Veterans can apply at any Idaho driver’s license office by providing official documentation that they received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, valid active duty ID card or proof they have an Idaho Veteran license plate.
Idaho Transportation Department, Veterans Designation Booklet
Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles, County Office Directory

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Idaho Military and Veteran License Plates: The Idaho Transportation Department offers nine distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply.

Applicants can apply for Idaho military and Veteran license plates by submitting their completed application and required documentation by mail, email or fax.

Idaho Transportation Department
Special Plates
PO Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129
Email: specialplates@itd.idaho.gov
Fax: 208-334-8542

For more information about special license plates please call 208-334-8649.

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Idaho Veteran License Plate: Idaho Veteran license plates are available for honorably discharged Veterans and active duty Service members. These license plates are available with branch of service and five wartime service period decals (or with no designated conflict) and may be personalized.

Wartime Service Periods:

  • World War II Veteran

  • Korea Veteran

  • Vietnam Veteran

  • Persian Gulf Veteran

  • Afghanistan/ Iraq (Post 9-11)

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 (discharge paperwork) that indicates they received an honorable discharge and that they served in one of the wartime service periods (if applicable). Active duty Service members must provide a copy of their orders.

Learn more about the Idaho Veteran License Plate

Idaho Gold Star Family License Plate Idaho Gold Star Family License Plate: The Idaho Gold Star license plate is available for immediate Family members of an active duty Service member that was killed in hostile action during a recognized wartime period.

Immediate Family members:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Parents, stepparent

  • Child, stepchild

  • Sibling, halfsibling, stepsibling

  • Grandparent

  • Legal guardian

This license plate is free for the Surviving Spouse and parents of the Service member.

Applicants must first submit an Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Gold Star License Plate Verification, Form GS001, DD1300 and official documentation to prove Family relationship to the Idaho Division of Veterans Services before they apply for the Gold Star Family license plate.

Idaho Division of Veterans Services
351 Collins Road
Boise ID 83702-4519
Phone: 208-780-1300

Learn more about the Idaho Gold Star Family License Plate

Idaho Disabled Veteran Plate Idaho Disabled Veteran Plate: The Idaho Disabled Veteran license plate is available free to honorably discharged Veterans that have a 100% service-connected permanent disability. Veterans are limited to one set one set of Disabled Veteran license plates.

Disabled Veterans must provide a copy of their VA disability benefit letter as proof of eligibility when they apply.

Learn more about the Idaho Disabled Veteran License Plate

Idaho Medal of Honor Recipient License Plate Idaho Medal of Honor License Plate: The Idaho Medal of Honor license plate is available to recipients of the Medal of Honor. This license plate is available by special order only, please contact the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles to apply.

Department of Motor Vehicles, Special Plate Unit
Phone: 208-334-8469
Email: specialplates@itd.idaho.gov

Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their DD214, or award citation as proof of eligibility.

Learn more about the Idaho Medal of Honor License Plate

Idaho Purple Heart Recipient License Plate Idaho Purple Heart License Plate: The Idaho Purple Heart license plate is available to recipients of the Purple Heart. Eligible applicants are authorized two free sets of license plates.

Applicants will be required to provide a copy of their DD214, or award citation as proof of eligibility.

Learn more about the Idaho Purple Heart License Plate

Idaho Service Member and Dependents, Driver’s License and ID Card Extension: Service members and their dependents that are preparing to serve outside Idaho for an extended period can extend their Idaho driver’s license or ID card up to 25 months prior to its expiration.

Extensions are valid for up to four years and may be issued multiple times, not to exceed their active duty status period. Military extensions expire 60 days from date of discharge/ separation/ retirement from active duty or the expiration date on the card, whichever occurs first

Applicants for the extension can submit an Idaho Driver’s License Extension application (ITD 3153) and a copy of their orders to:

Idaho Transportation Department, Driver's License Unit
PO Box 34
Boise ID 83713-0034
Email: DLMail@itd.idaho.gov
Fax: 208-334-8586

The Idaho driver’s license may also be renewed online at Idaho Transportation Department, Online Services webpage.

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Idaho Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Military Testing Exemptions: The Idaho Transportation Department offers CDL testing exemptions to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience. Service members can submit applications at any time while they are serving on active duty and up to one year after they are separated from the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must have a valid Idaho driver’s license at the time of application.

The Even Exchange option allows Service members who have certain Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings in the U.S. Armed Forces to have their CDL knowledge and skills testing waived. Service members must have worked in one of the following Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings in the past year:

  • U.S. Air Force

    • 2T1 – Vehicle Operator

    • 2F0 – Fueler

    • 3E2 – Pavement and Construction Equipment Operator

  • U.S. Army

    • 88M – Motor Transport Operator

    • 14T – Patriot Launching Station Operator

  • U.S. Marine Corps

    • 3531 – Motor Vehicle Operator

  • U.S. Navy

    • EO – Equipment Operator

Idaho Transportation Division, Application for Even Exchange CDL Military Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver (ITD 3143)

The Military Skills Test Waiver is available to Service members who are or were employed within the last year in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) but do not have the Military Occupational Specialties/ Ratings for the Even Exchange option. This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without taking a skills test.
Idaho Transportation Division, Application for Military CDL Skills Test Waiver (ITD 3141)

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years

  • Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)

  • Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

For more information contact a CDL Specialist at 208-334-8294.

Learn more about Idaho Commercial Driver’s License Military Testing Exemptions

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

nurse with patient TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when Service members are activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Idaho National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred In the Line of Duty: National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under Idaho Workers’ Compensation Laws.

Workers' compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation. Idaho Workers' Compensation Laws
Who is eligible for Idaho National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred In the Line of Duty? National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for coverage and compensation under workers’ compensation.

Learn more about Idaho National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death incurred In the Line of Duty

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Idaho Resident Disabled Veterans, Reduced Fees for Licenses and Tags: Resident disabled Veterans that have a service-connected disability rating of 40% or higher from the VA or that are receiving a pension from the VA for a non-service-connected disability are eligible for reduced fees for annual hunting/ fishing licenses and tags. The Idaho Fish and Game InsigniaIdaho Disabled Veteran License costs $5.00, deer tag $10.75, elk tag $16.50, bear tag $6.75, or turkey tag $10.75.

To apply Veterans must provide a completed Idaho Fish and Game, Certification of Permanent Disability and their VA Disability Percentage Rating letter to any regional office or mailed to:

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game - Licensing Section
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Disability documentation is only required for initial applications.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Office Directory

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Idaho Nonresident Disabled Veterans - Reduced Fees for Hunting Licenses and Tags: Nonresident disabled Veterans that have a service-connected disability rating of 40% or higher from the VA are eligible for reduced fees for annual hunting/ fishing licenses and tags. The Idaho Nonresident Disabled VeteranDisabled Veteran Fishing License costs $31.75 (includes 3-day fishing license), deer tag $23.75, elk tag $39.75, bear tag $23.75, or turkey tag $19.75.

To apply Veterans must provide a completed Idaho Fish and Game, Certification of Permanent Disability and their VA Disability Percentage Rating letter to any regional office or mailed to:

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game - Licensing Section
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Disability documentation is only required for initial applications.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Office Directory

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Idaho Resident Service Member on Leave, Reduced Fee Fishing and Hunting Licenses: Service members whose home of record is Idaho and are stationed outside Idaho may purchase reduced fee hunting and fishing licenses when they are home on leave. Service members must provide a copy of their Leave and Earnings Statement and leave paperwork when purchasing a license. License can be purchased at Idaho Department of Fish and Game License Vendors or Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Offices.

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Idaho Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Rates for Nonresident Military and their Dependents: Nonresident U.S. Armed Forces Service members stationed in Idaho for 30 days or more are eligible to purchase Idaho hunting/ fishing licenses and tags for resident prices. The Service member’s Spouse and Children (under 18, living in their household) are also eligible.

Applicants must provide a completed Idaho Fish and Game, Military Status and Residency Affidavit and show their military ID when they apply.

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Refund of License, Tags and Permit Fees for Deploying Service Members: Service members deploying in support of contingency operations are eligible to receive a refund for hunting licenses, tags or permits they were unable to use due to their deployment. Refunds can be requested at any Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Offices or mailing a completed Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Affidavit for Refund or Rain Check for License and/ or Tag to:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut, P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

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Idaho Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Tag Program: The Idaho Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Tag Program allows a qualified organization to applyElk standing in a field for a special big game hunt tag on behalf of a disabled Veteran.

Idaho Fish and Game makes five tags available each year to hunt for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear or mountain lion. Participants are exempt from licensing requirements and the tag is free. The tag is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The application period is January 2 through January 31 of the calendar year of the hunt.

Each year, the Idaho Division of Veterans Services will first screen all applicants and provide a list of screened applicants to Idaho Department of Fish and Game in priority order for issue. The top two candidates sponsored by Idaho Divisions of Veterans Services will receive a tag and Fish and Game will issue the three remaining tags to candidates sponsored by other qualified organizations. There is no limitation to how many applicants a qualified organization may sponsor each year.

Applicants must provide a completed Idaho Fish and Game Department, Application for a Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Hunt, a copy of their DD214 and VA Disability Rating Letter to:

Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Attn: Administrative Assistant, Director’s Office
P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Learn more about Idaho Disabled Veterans Special Big Game Tag Program

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Disabled Veteran Program: The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) offers eligible disabled Veterans a free lifetime camping and day-use access pass for Idaho's State Parks.Idaho Campgrounds

The pass authorizes free Idaho State Park day-use access and one free campsite per overnight stay. Camping is limited to a maximum of 15-days per 30-day period.
Who is eligible for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Disabled Veteran Program? Idaho residents Veterans that have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating from the VA are eligible.

To apply Veterans must submit a copy of their VA Disability Rating Letter or Idaho Disabled Veteran license plate number and a completed Idaho State Parks, Veteran Pass Program Application to:

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Attn: Veteran Pass Program
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0065
Email: IDPRVeteran@idpr.idaho.gov

Learn more about the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Disabled Veteran Program

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What are my Idaho Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Idaho Veterans Financial Assistance: The Idaho Department of Veterans Services will provide grants up to $1,000 to wartime Veterans in cases of extreme emergency.

To be eligible Veterans must have entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Idaho or lived in Idaho for at least five years. Requests for assistance must be made within 90 days of the emergency or event. For more information and to apply please contact the Idaho Office of Veterans Advocacy at 208-780-1380.

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Idaho State Veterans Homes: The Idaho Division of Veterans Services operates three Veterans Homes that provide responsive medical and supportive care to Veterans and their Spouses who can no longer provide for themselves.

Veterans Home Pocatello Veterans Homes Locations:

Idaho Veterans Home, Pocatello - 66 bed skilled nursing facility
Address: Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-235-7800
Fax: 208-235-7801

Veterans Home Boise Idaho Veterans Home, Boise - 158 bed facility that offers skilled nursing, residential care and a special care unit
Address 320 Collins Road, Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-780-1616
Fax: 208-780-1617

Veterans Home Lewiston Idaho State Veterans Home , Lewiston - 66 bed skilled nursing facility
Address: 821 21st Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-750-3600
Fax: 208-750-3601

Each home offers:

  • Skilled Nursing care

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapies

  • Recreational and social activities

  • Physical therapy center

  • Dining room

  • Pleasant common areas

  • Religious activities.

Who is eligible for care at an Idaho State Veterans Home? To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veterans that served on active-duty at least 90 days and received an honorable discharge, wartime veterans receive priority for admission

  • Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Require skilled nursing care

  • Resident of Idaho at the time of application

  • Must apply for (or already receive) a VA pension and Aid and Attendance

  • Eligible for Medicaid benefits, or pay the current maximum monthly charge

  • Veterans may be admitted without regard to their financial status.

Applicants will be required to provide proof of eligibility when they apply.
Idaho State Veterans Home Admission Application

Learn more about the Idaho State Veterans Homes

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery: The Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Boise Veterans Cemetery and Blackfoot Veterans Cemetery offer a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible dependents.

Veterans and Families can choose from the following services:

  • Columbarium niche, cremation inurnment that includes an inscribed, granite niche cover

  • In-ground, garden niche, cremation inurnment that includes a flush-to-the-ground inscribed, granite marker

  • Scattering garden that includes a location for an inscribed marker in memory of the deceased

  • Full casket, in-ground burial that includes an inscribed, upright granite marker

The cemetery can coordinate for Military Funeral Honors for eligible Veterans, which includes:

  • Honor Guard of at least two members of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Playing of Taps

  • Folding and presentation of the flag to the next-of-kin.

The VA pays the burial fees for Veterans, all other funeral expenses are the responsibility of the Veteran, their Family, or their estate. There is a $828 fee for the burial of a Veteran’s dependents. Veterans Cemetery
Who is eligible for burial in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for burial at an Idaho State Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. There is no requirement to be a resident of Idaho. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

All Veterans are encouraged to complete a Pre-Registration Application to establish eligibility prior to need.
Boise Veterans Cemetery Pre-Registration Application
Blackfoot Veterans Cemetery Pre-Registration Application

Learn more about the Idaho State Veterans Cemeteries

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Idaho

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Idaho: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

 Division of Veterans ServicesLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Idaho

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Idaho: The VA National Cemetery Administration does not maintain any cemeteries in Idaho, they do however have one state operated Veteran cemetery. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Idaho

Idaho Division of Veterans Services
351 Collins Road
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-780-1300
Fax: 208-780-1301
Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Facebook Page

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Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in Idaho

Please see the Idaho Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty:
Army

No active duty Army installations are in Idaho.

Air Force
Mountain Home Air Force Base

National Guard:
Idaho National Guard Joint Headquarters
Idaho Army National Guard

Idaho Air National Guard
124th Fighter Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
88th Readiness Division

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Resources

Idaho Legislature

Idaho Code

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Directory

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Idaho

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

Idaho State Parks and Recreation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Idaho

Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Employment Services

Idaho State Tax Commission, Military Fact Sheet

Idaho Division of Veterans Services

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans' Preference

U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Education

Idaho Transportation Department, Military

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Document Review Date: 18 January 2022