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July 30, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Gwadosky Announces New
Veteran Plate with Disability Symbol

 AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Friday that a new registration plate is now available for veterans who have a disability. Qualified individuals may now obtain the Disability Special Veteran Plate at Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offices throughout Maine.

The new plate, which features both the veteran and disability symbols, authorizes access to designated disability parking spaces. Before today, veterans with a disability needed to obtain a disability placard in addition to their veteran plates. The new plate was proposed by the Secretary of State last year, in conjunction with interested veterans. Senator Pam Hatch and Representative Ron Usher introduced the necessary legislation and the 121st Maine Legislature approved the plate.

“We are pleased to make this new plate available to individuals with disabilities who have served our country in the Armed Forces. It will recognize their contributions and provide access to designated parking areas,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

To obtain the plate, interested veterans must submit an Application for Disability Plate/Placard, or have one currently on file with BMV. The application is available at BMV offices or online at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/. Additionally, if the applicant is not already in possession of standard veteran registration plates, evidence of honorable discharge from the United States military is required by submitting a copy of the DD 214 (report of separation or discharge from active duty).

Veterans Commemorative Decals, which highlight particular military awards and all branches of the Armed Forces, can be displayed on the Disability Special Veteran Plate. There is also an opportunity to personalize it through the vanity plate program. One to four characters (numbers and/or letters) can be featured on this new plate.

“Veterans with disabilities are encouraged to review information about this registration option. Many will benefit from the convenience and access offered by the new plate. We look forward to serving veterans in this additional way,” Gwadosky added.

More information about the Disability Special Veteran Plate can be obtained by visiting a BMV office or calling the BMV Registration Section at 624-9000, extension 52149.