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Veteran Verification Letter

What is a Veteran Verification Letter (VVL)?

Effective January 1, 2022, you may again form a “new veteran-owned business” as defined by Senate Bill 938 (87th Reg., 2021). A new veteran-owned business is not subject to certain filing fees and the Texas franchise tax for a certain period of time.

The Benefit of the VVL

All qualified veterans will receive a Veteran Verification Letter from the TVC Veteran Entrepreneur Program waiving the $300 registration fee with the Secretary of State and the first five years of state franchise tax with step-by-step instructions on processing their documents with the Secretary of State.

Please note that even though a qualifying new veteran-owned business is NOT subject to state franchise tax for its initial five-year period, the business MUST still file certain reports with the Comptroller of Public Accounts. For more information, visit the Comptroller’s website.


  1. Honorable/General Under Honorable US Military Discharge
  2. 100% Veteran-Owned (can be more than one veteran owner)
  3. NEW Entity formation between 1 January 2022 and 31 December 2025

To request a Veteran Verification Letter (VVL) please click the Connect with a Business Consultant button below. Complete the three-part questionnaire and a Business Consultant will contact you directly. Please be prepared to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • DD214 – Member 4 or Service Copy 2 (must show discharge status) OR
  • VA Letter of Service Disability (must show branch of service, dates of service discharge status) OR
  • NGB22 (Texas National Guard Only)
  • Verification of any changes to one’s name – i.e., Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, etc.
  • If your name differs from that on your verification document, please submit proof of a legal name change.
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