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Veteran Plates

Disabled Veteran

When ordering disabled veteran license plates, you need to provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record. In addition, a special form from the Department of Veterans Affairs, 380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI is required indicating 100% disabled.

National Guard

A letter from your commanding officer if active duty or certifying officer if retired, along with the RI National Guard Adjutant General's signature validating your National Guard status must be presented when applying.

Prisoner of War (POW)

When ordering POW plates, you need to provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record. This plate is issued to former prisoner's of war. Upon the death of the holder of any POW plates, the plates shall be transferred to his or her surviving spouse for the spouse's lifetime until he or she remarries.

Purple Heart

When ordering purple heart plates, you need to provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record. Available to combat wounded recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.

Veteran

When ordering veteran license plates, you need to provide either discharge papers (form DD-214) or other valid proof supporting your military record.

If you are a "War Veteran" plate holder, you can request a remake of your existing plate number with the newly designed waving flag "Veteran" plate. Please contact the RI DMV through the Feedback & Questions tab which is on the right hand side of this screen.

  • Available as passenger, commercial (10,001 lbs or less), and motorcycle plates
  • There will be a sticker on the upper right corner designating the branch of service or gold star parent.
  • Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table
  • You will need to complete the Application for Registration and bring it to the DMV
  • RIGL 31-3-53

Gold Star Families

Gold Star Family" means a person eligible to receive a gold star lapel button as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 1126; provided, the death was determined to be in the line of duty. To qualify for a “Gold Star Family” plate pursuant to RIGL 31-3-111, the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs (RIOVA) must certify your eligibility. Please download and complete this application Gold Star Families Plate Application. Mail this completed application and a copy of the official Department of Defense Report of Casualty (DD Form 1300) or death notice of the service member, and/or any other supporting documents to RIOVA, Attention: Gold Star Family Special Registration Plate Certification, 560 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886-1371. If the person applying for a “Gold Star Family” plate is not listed on the Report of Casualty or Death Notice, RIOVA will require additional information to verify familial status. Upon certification, RIOVA will transmit a copy of the certification letter electronically to the RI DMV and the original certification letter will be mailed to the requestor. Only ONE set of plates will be issued to an eligible family member.