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Veteran Status Licenses and Specialty Plates

Massachusetts residents who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces can choose to have the word "Veteran" printed on their driver's license or ID card when you apply for, renew or duplicate your learner's permit, driver's license, or ID card. Veterans and military personnel can also apply for special license plates that demonstrate their service.

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Veteran status for driver's license or ID card

MA Veteran Drivers License Example

This driver's license has a Veteran's Indicator.

If your license/ID card is not up for renewal, you can get a duplicate for no fee with the Veteran’s Indicator.  There is no added fee for the Veteran's Indicator, but you must pay your renewal fee.

You can complete this transaction in person at an RMV Service Center or at one of the select AAA locations. You must present a completed license and ID application and one of the following:

  • A DD-214 that indicates honorable discharge (only the long form (full page) is acceptable)

  • A DD-215 that indicates honorable discharge

  • An Honorable Discharge form


Veteran and military decorative license plates

The RMV offers the following veteran and military passenger and motorcycle plates:

  • Veteran (branch of service and wartime decals available)
  • Bronze Star
  • Silver Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Legion of Valor
  • Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Ex-POW
  • Medal of Liberty

The RMV also offers the following veteran/military passenger plates:

  • National Guard
  • Disabled Veteran
  • Gold Star Family

Eligibility requirements differ based on plate type. Refer to each application below for instructions and documentation requirements to obtain a military or veteran license plate.

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Examples of plates

purple heart plate
purple heart plate
Legion of Valor plate
legion of valor plate
Medal of Honor plate
medal of honor plate
National Guard plate
national guard plate
Ex POW plate
ex pow plate
pearl harbor survivor plate
pearl harbor survivor plate
distinguished flying cross plate
distinguished flying cross plate
silver star plate
silver star plate
bronze star plate
bronze star plate
gold star family plate
gold star family plate
veteran plate
veteran plate
disabled veteran plate
disabled veteran plate

Motorcycle License Plates

pearl harbor survivor motorcycle plate
pearl harbor survivor motorcycle plate
bronze star motorcycle plate
bronze star motorcycle plate
silver star motorcycle plate
silver star motorcycle plate
ex-prisoner of war motorcycle plate
ex-prisoner of war motorcycle plate
distinguished flying cross motorcycle plate
distinguished flying cross motorcycle plate
congressional medal of honor motorcycle plate
congressional medal of honor motorcycle plate
purple heart motorcycle plate
purple heart motorcycle plate
legion of valor motorcycle plate
legion of valor motorcycle plate

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