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Active Duty Military Personnel | Veteran Identifier on Wisconsin Driver's License | Veteran/Military License Plates | Wisconsin Salutes Veterans

 

Special veterans-related license plates, drivers licensing, and motor vehicle registration are available as follows:

 

Driver Licensing & Motor Vehicle Registration for Active Duty Military Personnel

When the U.S. is involved in a military conflict, anyone who is a member of the military and stationed outside of Wisconsin is considered to be on "active duty" for the purposes of eligibility for modified procedures for the following driver licensing and registration measures:  Driver license renewal; duplicate driver license; insurance information; suspended or revoked license reinstatement; medical report; vehicle registration renewal; dealer and salesperson licenses; motor carrier fees and reports; and special license plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

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Veteran Identifier on Wisconsin Driver's License
"Verify – Then Apply"

Sample Wisconsin Veteran ID2013 Wisconsin Act 17 includes a provision that allows veterans to request through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a veteran identifier on their Wisconsin driver’s license or state issued identification card.

HOW TO APPLY

First call Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)'s toll free number, 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) and select option 1 to verify your current eligibility status.

If you are told you are eligible:  

  • Request the veteran identifier when you renew your drivers license or ID card. You can renew your drivers license or ID card up to one year prior to the expiration date on the card. If it is not yet time to renew your DL/ID, you can still get the veteran designation on your card by applying for a duplicate card. Starting in January, you can save yourself a trip and do it online at www.wisconsindmv.gov. Please see current renewal and duplicate product fees at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/driver-fees.htm.
  • You will not need to take in any proof of eligibility as WDVA has verified your status with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

If the toll-free system indicates you are not currently eligible you have two options:

  • You can apply online through VetExpress (https://applications.dva.wisconsin.gov/VetExpress)

    • Use one of the following internet browsers: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
    • Start by watching this 6-minute video which describes the VetExpress process and explains the options submitting documents.
    • Once you create your account, check your email for the registration verification e-mail. Once you receive the e-mail, click on the link provided to activate your login.
    • Submit the signature form and a copy of your DD214/DD215, which provides proof of your character and length of service.
    • Once your eligibility for the Veteran Identifier is determined, you will receive an approval e-mail notification. Please do not attempt to obtain the Veteran Identifier from the DMV without first receiving the approval e-mail from WDVA. The DMV cannot issue the Veteran Identifier if you have not been first verified as eligible by WDVA.
    • Once you receive the determination e-mail, follow the link to the eligibility matrix, where you will also learn your eligibility status of other programs, benefits, and services via VetExpress.

Or

If you are unsure of your eligibility status, prior to visiting the DMV, verify your current eligibility status by calling toll free, 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387), and choosing option 1.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Veteran Identifier on your Wisconsin drivers license or ID Card you must meet certain requirements related to your term and characterization of military service.

Character of Service:  The Character of Service Field on your DD214/DD215 must show, Honorable, General under honorable conditions, or Honorable under General. (Other than Honorable conditions will not allow you to certify through this process.)

Length of Service:  You must have at least one period of service that encompassed at least two continuous years of “active duty” or 90 days of “active duty” during a Statutorily-Designated Wartime Period, where the character of service meets the requirements above.* For this purpose, “active duty” means active duty (other than active duty for training) military service in the armed forces of the United States or in forces incorporated as part of the armed forces of the United States. (Full-time National Guard duty does not qualify as “active duty” under federal law. Active federal military service performed by the National Guard members under Title 10 of the U.S. Code may qualify as “active duty.”

* Exceptions to length of service are specified in Wisconsin Statutes, 45.01(12)(a-f).

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Veteran/Military License Plates

Over 50 options for Veteran/Military platesSpecial vehicle license plates are available for veterans and members of the military, including branch of service (Army, Navy, etc.), wartime service (WWII, Vietnam, Women Veteran, etc.), and military medals (Silver Star, Air Medal, etc.). In all, more than 50 different service and medal designations are available (see form MV2653 for a detailed listing). These plates are transferable to a surviving spouse.

The Veterans/Military license plates return to a more traditional red, white, and blue background with a new design effective July 1, 2008. All applications beginning July 1 will receive the new design. Those who received the previous white background design issued between December 2006 and June 2008 can keep that design or complete form MV2118 and pay a $10 replacement fee for the new design. See Military license plate design frequently asked questions (FAQs) for additional information.

Wisconsin Military license plate 1989 to 2006 image
Military plates design from 1989 to December 2006
 

Wisconsin Military license plate 2006 to 2008 image
Military plates design from December 2006 to June 2008

Disabled Veteran License Plates

Wisconsin Disabled Veteran license plate imageDisabled Veterans with disabilities that impair the ability to walk and are the result of injuries received while on active U.S. military duty may be eligible for special parking privileges. While there is no reduction in the registration fee for Disabled Veteran License Plates, privileges of the plate include parking in disabled parking spaces, exemption from time limitations and payment in metered parking in parking places with a ½ hour or more limit.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates

Wisconsin Ex-POW license plate imageThese plates are available to Wisconsin residents who are former prisoners of war as certified by the federal VA and authorized by Wisconsin State Statute 341.14(6)(2). The first plate is issued at no charge, while second and subsequent plates have a $15 issuance fee plus the annual registration fee. All Ex-Prisoner of War plates must be renewed annually, even those that require no fee. The plates may be transferred to a surviving spouse. No special parking privileges are provided with Ex-Prisoner of War plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Gold Star License Plates

Wisconsin Gold Star license plate imageSpecial Gold Star license plates are available to the immediate family members of a service member who has died in combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Individual family members include the deceased servicemember's spouse, child/stepchild, parent/stepparent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild, or the spouse of a child/stepchild, parent/stepparent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild. The qualified individual must be an owner, lessee, or trust beneficiary. While annual registration fees apply, there is no issuance fee. If you wish to personalize the plate, you will pay an additional $15.00 each year. No special parking privileges are provided with the Gold Star Plate.

A history of the Gold Star is available from American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM). Both AGSM and Gold Star Wives of America are Congressionally chartered service organizations.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Medal of Honor License Plates

Wisconsin Medal of Honor license plate imageSpecial license plates are available to Wisconsin residents who has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The plate is non-expiring license plates, and no issuance, reissuance, or renewal fees are required. When the vehicle is sold, the plate stays with owner, and may be transferred to another qualifying vehicle. The plates may be transferred to a surviving spouse, and remain without fee. No special parking privileges are provided with Medal of Honor plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Veteran Motorcycle License Plate

Wisconsin Veteran Motorcycle plate imageSpecial license plates for motorcycles are available to Wisconsin residents who qualify as a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. The plate may be personalized with one to four characters. Personalized plates have a biannual fee of $30.00. Regular numbered plates have an issuance/reissuance fee of $15. No special parking privileges are provided with Veteran Motorcycle plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Wisconsin National Guard License Plates

Wisconsin National Guard license plate imageSpecial license plates for Wisconsin residents who are current or retired members of the National Guard. If membership in the National Guard is not maintained (except due to retirement), the plates must be disposed of and regular replacement plates obtained. Wisconsin National Guard plates have a $15 issuance/reissuance fee for non personalized plates. Personalized plates with one to seven letters or numbers are available for $15 plus annual registration. These plates may be transferred to a surviving spouse. No special parking privileges are provided with Wisconsin National Guard plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

Woman Veteran License Plates

Wisconsin Woman Veteran license plate imageNew in March 2012, Wisconsin women who have served in any branch of the U.S. military are eligible to apply for one of the new “Woman Veteran” license plates. Along with the word “Wisconsin” across the top of the plate, the new plates feature “Woman Veteran” at the bottom. A decal representing the person’s specific military branch is displayed on the left side of the plate. Woman Veteran plates have a $15 issuance/reissuance fee for non personalized plates. Personalized plates are available for $15 plus annual registration. No special parking privileges are provided with Woman Veteran plates.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

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Wisconsin Salutes Veterans

Wisconsin Salutes Veterans license plate imageFirst introduced in 2006, the Wisconsin Salutes Veterans license plate, available to anyone who wants to show their support for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This attractive plate, designed by a Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs staff member and rendered by a Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles artist, shows a bald eagle holding crossed U.S. and Wisconsin flags.

The symbolic portion of the plate is based in part on the seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bald eagle is a recognized national symbol, and here represents the eternal vigilance of all of Wisconsin’s veterans in defending our nation’s ideals. The crossed flags held in the eagle’s talons represent the intertwined history of our nation and our state. The gold cord that binds the two flags and is tightly clutched in the eagle’s talons is symbolic of Wisconsin’s sons and daughters who have fallen in the defense of liberty, justice, equality, and freedom for all in each of our nation’s wars from the U.S. Civil War onward.

The plate’s text, “Wisconsin Salutes Veterans,” is intended to facilitate the public support by each individual owner of our state’s longstanding commitment to doing what is right for Wisconsin’s men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

For more information on the plates, see the Wisconsin Salutes Veterans Plate Application, MV2954.