Military / Veteran Plates

Military Plates and Veteran Plates

veteran

Veteran

  • Any vehicle (excluding trailers) owned or leased by a Veteran with a GVWR up to 12,000 lbs
  • A DD 214 showing “honorable discharge” must be furnished to the DMV for issuance
  • Passenger Vehicles - Renewed every two years - Renewal month is based on the first letter of a registered owner's last name, or the first letter of the name of the company to which the vehicle is registered
  • Trucks - Renewed annually in March
  • Upon the death of the Veteran, the plates may be transferred to the spouse only, unless the spouse remarries.
  • RIGL 31-3-53
Veteran motorcycle

Motorcycle Veteran

  • Any motorcycle, scooter or moped owned by a veteran
  • A DD 214 showing “honorable discharge” must be furnished to the DMV for issuance
  • Renewed every two years in June
  • Upon the death of the Veteran, the plates may be transferred to the spouse only, unless the spouse remarries.
  • RIGL 31-3-53
disabled veteran

Disabled Veteran

  • Available to any Veteran with 100% service-connected disability on vehicles with a GVWR of 6300 lbs or less
  • Only one set per eligible veteran is allowed per RIGL 31-6-8
  • There is no charge for the plates or registration for this plate type
  • Executive Certification by the Department of Veterans Affairs RI Regional Office
  • This form is the only one we are allowed to accept and is only available at:

                  RI Dept of Veterans Affairs
                  380 Westminster St
                  Providence, RI 02903

  • Renewed every two years in December
  • Upon the death of the Veteran, the plates may be transferred to the spouse only, unless the spouse remarries.
  • RIGL 31-6-8
Ex POW

Ex-POW

  • Available to former Prisoners of War of WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict on vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs or less
  • Only one set per eligible veteran is allowed per RIGL 31-3-46
  • There is no charge for the plates or registration for this plate type.
  • A DD 214 showing former prisoner of war must be furnished to the DMV for issuance
  • Renewed every two years in August
  • Upon the death of the Veteran, the plates may be transferred to the spouse only, unless the spouse remarries.
  • RIGL 31-3-46
Purple Heart

Purple Heart

  • Available to combat wounded veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal for vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs or less
  • Only one set per eligible veteran is allowed per RIGL 31-3-48
  • There is no charge for the plates or registration for this plate type
  • A DD 214 showing award of purple heart medal must be furnished to the DMV for issuance
  • Passenger Vehicles - Renewed every two years - Renewal month is based on the first letter of a registered owner's last name, or the first letter of the name of the company to which the vehicle is registered
  • Trucks - Renewed annually in March
  • Upon the death of the Veteran, the plates may be transferred to the spouse only, unless the spouse remarries.
  • RIGL 31-3-48
national guard

National Guard

  • Available to active and retired members of the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard on vehicles with a GVWR of 8500 lbs or less
  • A letter from the Adjutant General authorizing issuance of plates must be furnished to the DMV before receiving plates
  • Passenger Vehicles - Renewed every two years - Renewal month is based on the first letter of a registered owner’s last name, or the first letter of the name of the company to which the vehicle is registered
  • Trucks - Renewed annually in March
  • There is a service charge of twenty dollars ($20.00) and a transfer charge of five dollars ($5.00) for the plate, along with the $2.50 technology surcharge.
  • RIGL 31-3-62
Gold Star Family

Gold Star Family

  • Available to anyone eligible to receive a “Gold Star Lapel Button” as defined by the United States Government on vehicles with a GVWR of 12,000 lbs or less
  • Only one set is allowed per family member per RIGL 31-3-111
  • A certification letter from the Rhode Island Office of Veteran’s Services is required
  • Passenger Vehicles - Renewed every two years - Renewal month is based on the first letter of a registered owner’s last name, or the first letter of the name of the company to which the vehicle is registered
  • Trucks - Renewed annually in March
  • RIGL 31-3-111