Vets First Verification Program enables Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) to be listed as VA-verified in the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database and participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program. Veteran business owners seeking VA Verification should consider the following fundamental elements before applying.
Does the veteran business owner(s) meet the definition of a ‘Veteran’ or ‘Service-disabled Veteran’ as established in Title 38 CFR Part 74 or 13 CFR Part 125 for the Vets First Verification ?
A Veteran is a person who served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard for any length of time and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Reservists or members of the National Guard called to federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty or while in training status also qualify as Veterans. A Service-disabled Veteran is a veteran who possesses either a disability rating letter issued by VA establishing a service-connected rating between 0 and 100 percent, or a disability determination from the Department of Defense.
Is the business at least 51 percent owned by one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s)?
At least 51 percent of the business must be directly and unconditionally owned by one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s).
Does one or more Veteran(s) or Service-disabled Veteran(s) have full control over business operations?
The Vets First Verification applicant business owner(s) must have full control over the day-to-day management, decision-making and strategic policy of the business; possess the managerial experience of the extent and complexity needed to manage the business; be the highest-compensated employee (unless the Veteran can explain how taking lower compensation benefits the business); devote fulltime to the business; hold the highest officer position in the business; and has the ability to exercise independent business judgment.
Does the Veteran meet the minimum verification eligibility requirements and have the required documents?
Required documents include your license, resume, payroll, tax 1040, lease, signature cards and many others. To see a full list of required materials, visit: va.gov/OSDBU/docs/Required-Documents-for-VIP-Application-4Dec2018.pdf.
Starting the Process
The verification application process for the Vets First Verification can be completed in just seven steps. If you find that you need help during any point of these processes, contact the Department of Veterans at 1-866-584-2344 or at [email protected]. For questions on your status update, email [email protected].
- Create a System for Awards Management (SAM) registration at sam.gov/SAM/.
- Create a DS or ID.me logon account or registration. Go to myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil and select DS or ID.me logon.
- Select Help Center for assistance with DS or ID.me logon.
- Create a Vendor Information Page (VIP) account at vetbiz.va.gov/vip, log into VIP and select “Apply for Verification.”
- Upload required documents into the VIP profile. View the required documents matrix for your business structure, e.g., LLC, Inc, etc.
- If verification assistance is required, contact a local Verification Assistance Counselor for cost free assistance.
- Submit completed online application to the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE).