Saluting those who served
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Military plates available for veterans, spouses
In honor of Veterans Day, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land
is reminding veterans and their spouses of the many license plates available
that recognize their time in the military.
"On Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women of America's armed forces
who stepped forward to serve their country when they were needed," Land said.
"It's a privilege to be able to recognize them with special plates that
commemorate their service."
Michigan offers its veterans 25 distinct plates that highlight their service
in the military, and in individual wars and conflicts such as World War II, the
Vietnam War and the Somalia conflict. The department also allows people to
personalize their veteran plates.
More than 70,000 veteran plates are in circulation.
Honorably discharged veterans and their spouses are eligible for plates
signifying the branch of service, or war or conflict in which the veteran
served. Active-duty personnel and spouses are eligible for plates signifying
service in a war or conflict. Other plates that recognize Medal of Honor
recipients, disabled veterans, combat-wounded veterans, former prisoners of war,
and Pearl Harbor survivors require additional documentation.
The cost for a veteran plate is the annual registration fee for the vehicle
plus a one-time $5 service fee for the standard white plate or a one-time $10
service fee for the Spectacular
Peninsulas graphic plate. Personalizing a license plate costs an additional
$30 if bought when the vehicle's existing plate is due to be renewed. If the
plate is bought at another time, the cost of the plate is prorated. Renewing a
personalized plate costs an added $15 each year.
Potential personalized plate buyers can visit the Secretary of State "Plate
It Your Way" Web page to check if a plate configuration is available. In
addition to veteran plates, people also can personalize the standard white, the
Spectacular Peninsulas graphic, and the university and special-cause fundraising
For more information about Secretary of State license plate options, visit
the License Plate Store online