HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Shapiro Administration announced today that new military-themed license plates will be available throughout Pennsylvania, following recently passed legislation. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will offer license plates honoring military members and their families, including two new designs recognizing veterans' special contributions during their service: the Air Medal license plate and the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans license plate.
PennDOT Acting Secretary Mike Carroll said, "These plates are yet another opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our military members and families." He added, "As always, we are proud to recognize our military community and their accomplishments."
Both license plates are available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds for a fee of $23.
Applicants for the Air Medal license plate must submit a completed Form MV-150 and a legible photocopy of their Form DD214, showing they are medal recipients. The license plate features the standard Pennsylvania colors of blue, white, and gold and an image of the Air Medal.
For the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans license plate, applicants must submit a completed Form MV-150V and a legible photocopy of their Form DD214. Only veterans who served in both theaters of operation are eligible for these plates. The license plate features the standard Pennsylvania colors and images of both the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal.
Brig. Gen. (PA-Ret) Maureen Weigl, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs, said, "These special plates will be seen throughout the Commonwealth, reminding citizens that we owe a debt of gratitude to all who served to defend our freedom."
The legislation also authorized a third license plate design, the Blue Star Family license plate. Applicants must submit Form MV-920 and certify they are a family member of an active-duty, Reserve, or National Guard service member. The plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds for a fee of $23. The license plate features the standard Pennsylvania colors and an image of the Blue Star Family flag.
More information, including eligibility requirements and images of license plates, can be found on the License Plates page on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website.