Military/Memorial

The following military- and memorial-themed plates are available to a select group of Tennessee residents. Unless noted otherwise, these plates cannot be personalized.

Military Specialty Plate

Active/Retired/Honorable Discharge

  • Available to: Active/Retired/Honorably discharged members and spouses of the U.S. military and military reserves in good standing. Surviving spouses also are eligible until they remarry.
  • Documentation Required: For active military - Current copy of Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and stationing orders to be submitted annually upon renewal; For retired and honorable discharge military – Military ID card and one of the following in proof of status: DD Form 2A (RES), DD Form 2N (RES), DD Form 2MC (RES), DD Form 2AF (RES), DD Form 2CG (RES) or DD214.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).

Air Force Cross specialty license plate image

Air Force Cross

  • Available to:  Recipients of the Air Force Cross.
  • Documentation Required:  DD214 form or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Services.
  • Cost:  None for the first plate.  Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Air Medal - Meritorious Specialty Plate

Air Medal - Meritorious

  • Available to: Recipients of the Air Medal Meritorious.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 form or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Services.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Air Medal - Valor Specialty Plate

Air Medal - Valor

  • Available to: Recipients of the Air Medal Valor.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 form or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Services.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Blue Star Family Specialty Plate

Blue Star Family

  • Available to: Person with spouse, parent, sibling or child currently serving in U.S. armed forces (i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard when mobilized to augment Navy, reservists and National Guard) along with retired members of military.
  • Documentation Required:
  1. Proof of current service in the form of:
    • current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).
    • member’s military ID card.
    • letter from unit commander on official letterhead state family member’s current status as a member of U.S. armed forces.
  2. Written statement by service member indicating the family relationship with the registrant.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Bosnia Veterans Specialty Plate

Bosnia Era Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served in Bosnia with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Bosnia Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Bosnia Veterans Specialty Plate

Bosnia Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans who served in Bosnia with the U.S. armed forces.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Bronze Star - Meritorious Specialty Plate

Bronze Star - Meritorious

  • Available to: Recipients of the Bronze Star – Meritorious.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from Department of Veterans Services .
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee plus $30.75 initial fee (automobile); $19.50 annual fee and $23.75 initial fee (motorcycle).
Bronze Star - Valor

Bronze Star - Valor

  • Available to: Recipients of the Bronze Star – Valor.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from Department of Veterans Services .
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Congressional Medal of Honor Specialty Plate

Congressional Medal of Honor

  • Available to: Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from Department of Veterans Services.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Desert Storm Veteran Specialty Plate

Desert Storm Era Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served in Desert Storm with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Desert Storm Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Desert Storm Veteran Specialty Plate

Desert Storm Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of Desert Storm.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Disabled Veteran Specialty Plate

Disabled Veteran

  • Available to: Veterans of the United States military with a disability incurred in or aggravated by active military services of the United States.
  • Documentation Required: Approval letter from the Department of Veterans Services testifying to: loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet; loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands; permanent impairment of vision of both eyes; and service-connected disability constituting 100% permanent total disability.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Distinguished Flying Cross Specialty Plate

Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Available to: Recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from Department of Veterans Services .
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Distinguished Flying Cross Specialty Plate

Distinguished Service Cross

  • Available to: Recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from Department of Veterans Services .
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Enemy Evadee Specialty Plate

Enemy Evadee

  • Available to: Certified enemy evadees.
  • Documentation Required: Discharge papers from the U.S. armed forces certified by the Department of Veterans Services. Surviving spouses can renew by providing copy of death certificate.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Gold Star Family Specialty Plate

Gold Star Family

  • Available to: Person with spouse, parent, sibling or child who served and died in the line of duty in the U.S. armed forces or its allies, or died as a result of injuries sustained in such service.
  • Documentation Required: DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Additional plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Honorably Discharged Specialty Plate

Honorably Discharged

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Koren War Veteran Specialty Plate

Korean War Era Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served in the Korean War with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Korean War Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Koren War Veteran Specialty Plate

Korean War Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of the Korean War.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
National Guard Specialty Plate
National Guard Specialty Plate
National Guard Specialty Plate

National Guard

  • Available to: Officers, enlisted members and retired/honorably discharged members of the Tennessee National Guard, along with their spouses.
  • Documentation Required: County clerks have eligibility lists. Guard members not listed must provide documentation with name, social security number and proof of good standing to qualify for plate. Retired and honorably discharged applicants must provide current and valid armed forces of Tennessee card stating that status.
  • Cost:
    • Active officers/spouses* - $26.50 annual fee.
    • Enlisted members and spouses* - None for first plate; Annual fee of $26.50.
    • Retired and honorably discharged members/spouses - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).

*NOTE: Officer plates issued in September only; expire Sept. 30.


Navy Cross license plate

Navy Cross

  • Available to: Recipients of the Navy Cross
  • Documentation Required: DD214 or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veteran Services.
  • Cost:  None for the first plate.  Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75)
Operation Enduring Freedom Era License Plate

Operation Enduring Freedom Era

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Operation Enduring Freedom License Plate

Operation Enduring Freedom

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom or active members currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Documentation Required: Active members - Award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan); Discharged members – DD214 form indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Afghanistan).
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Operation Iraqi Freedom Era License Plate

Operation Iraqi Freedom Era

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Operation Iraqi Freedom License Plate

Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom or active members currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Documentation Required: Active members - Award certificate indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq); Discharged members – DD214 form indicating receipt of campaign ribbon (Iraq).
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Operation New Dawn Specialty Plate

Operation New Dawn Era

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served during Operation New Dawn with  the U.S. armed forces, but do no qualify for the Operation New Dawn Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Operation New Dawn Specialty Plate

Operation New Dawn

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of Operation New Dawn, active members currently serving in Operation New Dawn and civilian veterans of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Documentation Required: Orders or DD214 form confirming honorable discharge, or orders or official documentation from the Army Corps of Engineers classifying the applicant as a civilian veteran.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Pearl Harbor Survivor Specialty Plate

Pearl Harbor Survivor

  • Available to:  Tennessee residents who were members of the armed forces and present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
  • Documentation Required:  Copy of membership card from the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, Inc.
  • Cost:  $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Former POW Specialty Plate

POW - Former Prisoner of War

  • Available to: Former World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War POWs, along with surviving spouses until remarriage.
  • Documentation Required: Certificate from U.S. Department of Defense stating the period of time the applicant was a POW. Death certificates required for spouses of deceased POWs.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Purple Heart Specialty Plate

Purple Heart

  • Available to: Holders of The Purple Heart Medal.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 form or its equivalent prior to 1951 (WWK 53-55) indicating award of Purple Heart, or other documentation indicating the award (to be submitted for approval by Veterans Affairs prior is issuance).
  • Cost: None for first plate.  Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates are $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).

* Disabled veteran recipients of Purple Heart may obtain two plates.  Cost:  None for first plate if chosen as an alternative to a Disabled Veteran plate.  Additional plate:  $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).

Silver Star - Valor Specialty Plate

Silver Star - Valor

  • Available to: Silver Star recipients.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 form or letter of confirmation from the Department of Veterans Services.
  • Cost: None for first plate. Second plate - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $28.63).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Sons of the Confederate Veterans Specialty Plate

Sons of Confederate Veterans

  • Available to: Tennessee residents.
  • Proceeds Benefit: Tennessee Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans.
  • Cost: $61.50 annual fee, $35 of that fee is allocated in part to the plate's beneficiary.
  • Option to Personalize: Yes, between three and five characters.
Submarine Veteran Specialty Plate

Submarine Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans who served on a Department of Veterans Services-certified submarine in the line of military duty.
  • Documentation Required: DD214 form indicating “SS” (Submarine Service) after the ranking.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Support Our Troops Specialty Plate

Support Our Troops

  • Available to: Tennessee residents.
  • Proceeds Benefit: Support Our Troops Inc.’s programs and activities in Tennessee.
  • Cost: $61.50 annual fee, $35 of that fee is allocated in part to the plate’s beneficiary.
  • Option to Personalize: Yes, between three and five characters.
Vietnam Veteran Specialty Plate

Vietnam Era Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged and civilian veterans who served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the Vietnam War Veteran plate.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Vietnam Veteran Specialty Plate

Vietnam Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged Vietnam War veterans.
  • Documentation Required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
Women Veterans Specialty Plate

Tennessee Woman Veteran 

  • Available to: Females honorably discharged from the armed services.
  • Documentation Required: Copy of DD214 form.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
World War II Specialty Plate

World War II Era Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged veterans and civilian veterans who served in World War II with the U.S. armed forces, but do not qualify for the World War II Veteran plate.
  • Documentation required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).
World War II Specialty Plate

World War II Veteran

  • Available to: Honorably discharged World War II veterans.
  • Documentation required: Proof of service.
  • Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $30.75).