Veteran Decal Program

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers qualified veterans specialized decals for their veterans license plates (plates with the red "V"). These decals provide a more distinctive look and will allow veterans to display a special symbol of their service to our country.

Realizing it would be impossible to include all of the hundreds of military awards and decorations, a legislatively appointed task force set guidelines for the initial issuance of decals. Five decals depict the seal of each branch of the United States Armed Services. Other decals available include ten individual awards for bravery including the bronze star or higher; twelve campaign medals for service in a hostile fire zone, five military badges; and new in 2011, the National Emergency Service Medal.

Veterans interested in placing decals on their special veterans or disability special veterans plates may review the information on this website to learn how to obtain the decals. This is an optional program and the current veterans license plates with the red "V" still will be valid without a decal.

These decals are a small way to recognize veterans for their service to our country.

How the Veterans Decal program works:

Documentation Required: A veteran who already has veterans' plates may obtain decals by bringing a copy of their DD-214 (report of separation or discharge from active duty) to verify eligibility to a Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch office. The DD-214 and the appropriate fee may also be mailed to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Attention: Registration Unit, 29 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0029.

For a veteran who did not receive a medal until after discharge, and who seeks a decal representing this medal, a copy of the military orders or a copy of the citation will serve as proof of eligibility.

An honorably discharged veteran may obtain up to three sets of veterans' plates and decals. There is no additional fee for a special veteran or disability special veteran plate and the fee for a set of decals is $5.00 per set. There is no fee for replacement decals.

Placement of Decals: Decals are to be placed over the red "V" that currently appears on veterans' license plates.

Different decals may be requested for separate sets of plates; however, decals may not be mixed. Example, if you have two sets of special veteran plates and have been awarded both the Vietnam Service Medal and the Bronze Star, you may display the Bronze Star decals on one set of plates and the Vietnam Service Medal decals on the other set of plates.

Click image below to view the many available veteran decals!

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You may contact the BMV Registration Section with questions or comments at (207) 624-9000, extension 52149 or by e-mail at: