For More Information Contact:
Santa Cruz Veterans Services Office
842 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Monday-Thursday 8AM-12PM & 1PM-5PM
Shuttle Bus operates Monday-Friday between the VA Hospital and all System-wide Clinics.
The VA Shuttle Bus service is operated by the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. This free shuttle bus service operates between the main VA Hospital in Palo Alto and has several routes throughout the Healthcare system to all system-wide outpatient clinics.
Shuttle G travels from the VA Palo Alto Hospital to:
San Benito, Monterey, Capitola, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and back to Palo Alto. Appointments at the Hospital in Palo Alto must be made from 1100-1300 due to bus schedule. The schedule with the location and times of shuttle stops can be located below.
Additional routes run to Livermore, Oakdale, Sonora, Stockton, Fremont, and Modesto. For more information about these lines, follow the link to the VAPA website below.
A private van that departs from Santa Cruz VSO to VA Palo Alto. VA appointments must be made from 900-1100. An appointment is needed for the van and can be made by contacting the Santa Cruz County VSO at (831) 454-7276.
Available to all California motorists, these "Honoring Veterans" specialized California license plates may be ordered with the armed force or veterans’ service organization logo/emblem of your choice.
Eligible veterans have the opportunity to add the word “VETERAN” to the front of their DL/ID card to indicate that they have served in the U.S. Military.
1. Bring in a copy of your DD-214 and Driver's License to the VSO.
2. Fill out a Veterans Status Verification form and have it certified by a Veterans Service Officer.
3. Take your completed form to the DMV and pay for license renewal to have a new license with "VETERAN" on it.
Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system are eligible to receive a VA healthcare ID card at the nearest VA main healthcare campus.
Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the new VA ID card, which can be utilized to provide proof of military service in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain discounts and other services offered to Veterans.
Veterans that are 100% service connected are eligible for a military retiree card that allows access to military installations, the commissary, post-exchange, and other privileges.
From US-101, take the Moffett Blvd exit and go towards Nasa Pkwy. Turn right onto Moffett Blvd. Turn left to RT Jones Rd. Turn left onto Stevens Rd and proceed to Vernon Ave. Office is located second building on the right (Across from NAVY Lodge).
This facility is off-base and therefore does not require access to the base. However, it is by appointment only, use link below to schedule an appointment. Additionally, please check website for required identification materials.
You will need to make an appointment using the Rapids appointment link below, and print out your appointment confirmation. Review the list of acceptable ID’s, and forms required, provided by the link below for the Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey. Arrive at the Bolio Visitor center approximately 40 minutes prior to your appointment, with your appointment confirmation letter in hand, to register for access to the base.
Medal of Honor recipients, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and 100% Disabled Veterans are eligible for a waiver for motor vehicle registration with a free license plate. This waiver counts for one passenger vehicle, one motorcycle, or one commercial vehicle of less than 8,001 pounds unloaded.
Car repairs can potentially be paid by either SSVF grant providers or other Veteran groups. Follow the links below for more information.
A qualified disabled Veteran may obtain special Disabled Veteran license plates for no fee for one vehicle currently registered to, the disabled Veteran. The requirements for getting the plates are:
The current California Registration Card for the vehicle in the disabled Veteran's name
A completed Disabled Veteran Certification (REG 256A)
Proof of eligibility: This must be a letter or photocopy from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs or the military service that discharged the veteran
The license plates currently on the vehicle