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Indiana Military License Plates

The BMV offers a number of distinctive license plates for military personnel, Hoosier veterans, and for civilians to show their support for the armed forces.

Eligible Vehicle Types

✅ Motorcycles
✅ Passenger motor vehicles
✅ Recreational vehicles (RV)
✅ Trucks with a declared gross weight of not more than 11,000 pounds
★ Disabled Hoosier Veteran license plates may also be registered to a 3,000-lb trailer ★

Sponsoring Organization for National Guard License Plates

Headquarters Indiana National Guard
2002 S. Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 247-3300

Sponsoring Organization for All Other Military License Plates

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
777 North Meridian St., Ste. 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
317-232-3910 or 800-400-4520

87184871688717687183

Hoosier Veteran License Plates

Air Force Veteran
Army Veteran Plate
Coast Guard Veteran Plate
Marine Corps Veteran Plate
Merchant Marine Veteran Plate
Navy Veteran Plate

To purchase a new Hoosier Veteran license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide at least one of the following:

  • A United States Uniformed Services Retiree Identification Card;
  • A DD214 or DD215;
  • United States military discharge papers;
  • A current armed forces identification card; or
  • An Indiana credential, such as a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card containing an indication of veteran status. The indicator is located in the upper right corner on the back of the Indiana credential. An indicator of Veteran (“V”) or Active Military (“AM”) may be accepted.

Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plates

Air Force Disabled Veteran
Disabled Army Veteran Plate
Disabled Coast Guard Veteran Plate
Disabled Marine Corps Veteran Plate
Disabled Merchant Marine Veteran Plate
Disabled Navy Veteran Plate

To purchase a new Disabled Hoosier Veteran license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following on first issuance:

Military License Plates

National Guard License Plate

National Guard Plate

To purchase a National Guard license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following annually with registration renewal:

For active members:

  1. A current U.S. Armed Forces ID, AND
  2. A letter signed by the individual's commanding officer identifying the individual as a current active member

For former members:

  1. National Guard Bureau Form 22 or 22A showing the individual received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions, OR
  2. National Guard Bureau Form 23D or 23E showing the individual as retired

Purple Heart License Plate

Purple Heart Plate

To purchase a new Purple Heart license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following:

Purple Heart Disability License Plate

Purple Heart Disability Plate

To purchase a new Purple Heart Disability license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide both the above State Form 32584 in addition to the following:

Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) License Plate

Ex-Prisoner of War (POW) License Plate

To purchase a new Ex POW or Purple Heart license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following upon first issuance:

Pearl Harbor License Plate

Pearl Harbor Plate

Pearl Harbor plates are available to Pearl Harbor survivors. Upon the death of a Pearl Harbor survivor, the surviving spouse is entitled to the license plate. To purchase a new Pearl Harbor license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following at first issuance:

  • Any military document verifying the person was an active member of the United States armed forces and served at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Gold Star Family License Plate

Gold Star Family Plate

The Gold Star Family license plate is available to the spouses, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings and children of anyone who died while serving on duty in the military – active, Reserve or National Guard. To purchase a new Gold Star Family license plate you must visit any Indiana branch and are required to provide the following upon first issuance only:

Support Our Troops License Plate

Support Our Troops Plate

The special recognition license plate program allows civilian motorists to support military personnel. There is no documentation requirement to purchase a Support Our Troops military plate. Hoosiers who purchase special recognition license plates should expect to pay the following fees:

  • Group fees determined by the organization sponsoring the license plate;
  • Administrative fee of $15, except Air Force Veteran, Army Veteran, Coast Guard Veteran, Ex-Prisoner of War, Marine Corps Veteran, Navy Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart, and Support Our Troops plates;
  • Excise taxes determined by the year and make of the vehicle, and county and municipality of residence. For more information, please view registration fees.

All Indiana license plates supporting military personnel are available as motorcycle plates.

Do Your License Plate Stickers and Frames Comply?

license plate sticker placementMake sure your license plate properly displays the reigistration stickers, and is not obscured by your license plate frame.

Learn More About the Required Placement of Stickers and Frames