License Plate Update: New Design for Maine Veterans

Author: Maine Veterans' Homes
Posted: December 19, 2018
Category: Maine Veterans' Homes News

Maine’s current veteran-status license plates stand out from the crowd with a large red V to the left of the plate number. But as of November 13, there’s a new required design.

The updated plates no longer feature the red V, but instead show three stars on a blue background in the top left corner, with red stripes across the top and bottom of the plate.

The switch was made to help law enforcement and other drivers distinguish between the V and the rest of the plate number.

“We are pleased to offer this new design to recognize Maine veterans and their service to our great nation,” said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. “The U.S. flag-inspired design is easily identifiable and eliminating the red ‘V’ will resolve issues with misread vanity plates.”

Anyone renewing their license plate will be required to switch to the new design. Visit your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles location to renew your license.

Am I eligible for the veteran plate?

What you think of as the “veteran plate” is officially called the “special veteran plate.” The red V design was created in 1992; to receive it, you should meet these requirements:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces

  • Served for at least three years or continue to serve

You can receive up to three sets of plates if you are the primary drivers of those three vehicles.

You can also choose from 33 different decals depicting your branch, award, campaign or time in combat.

Types of license plates for veterans in Maine

Veterans in Maine can also request the following plates for their vehicle, depending on their level of service or awards:

  • Purple Heart plate

  • Disabled veteran plate

  • Medal of Honor plate

  • Former prisoner of war plate

  • Pearl Harbor survivor plate


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