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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.

Active/Retire/Honorable Discharge

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 $29.80).

Air Force Cross

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Air Medal - Meritorious

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 $29.80).

Air Medal - Valor

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).


Blue Star Family

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).

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 $29.80).

Bosnia Era Veteran

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 $29.80).

Bosnia Veteran

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 $29.80).

Bronze Star - Meritorious

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 $29.80 initial fee (automobile); $19.50 annual fee and $22.00 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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

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Cold War Era Veteran

Congressional Medal of Honor

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Desert Storm Era Veteran

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 $29.80).


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Desert Storm Veteran

Available to: Honorably discharged veterans of Desert Storm.

Documentation Required: Proof of service.

Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Disabled Veteran

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Distinguished Flying Cross

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Distinguished Service Cross

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).


Enemy Evadee

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 $29.80).

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Available to: Owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the State of Tennessee who are active, retired, and honorably discharged members of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in good standing. Spouses and children of qualifying 5th Special Forces Group members are also eligible for the plate. 

Documentation Required:

- Active duty members of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) must present a valid military identification card or such other document as the commissioner designates as sufficient proof that the applicant is an active duty member of the military;

- Retired or honorably discharged members of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) must present:
     (i) A certified copy of the member's certificate of release or discharge from active duty, department of defense form 214 (DD 2114); or

     (ii) A valid DD form 2 (Retired) military identification card; or
     (iii) A Tennessee driver license that indicates military service 

- Spouses or children of a member must be accompanied by documentation that is required from the member (as indicated above) and sufficient proof that the applicant is the spouse or child of a member, including:

(i) A valid DD form 1173 military dependent identification card; or
(ii) A marriage certificate; or
(iii) A birth certificate or certificate of adoption;

- Surviving spouses of deceased retired or honorably discharged members or of a
member who died while on active duty shall be issued a license plate pursuant to this
section, until the surviving spouse remarries, upon providing documentation required from the member (as indicated above) and providing a copy of the death certificate of the deceased.

Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80)

Gold Star Family

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 $29.80).

Honorably Discharged

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 $29.80).


Korean War Era Veteran

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 $29.80).

Korean War Veteran

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 $29.80).

National Guard

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 $29.80).

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

Navy Cross

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80)


Operation Enduring Freedom Era

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 $29.80).

Operation Enduring Freedom

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 $29.80).

Operation Iraqi Freedom Era

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 $29.80).

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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 $29.80).


Operation New Dawn Era

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 $29.80).

Operation New Dawn

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 $29.80).

Pearl Harbor Survivor

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 $29.80).

POW - Former Prisoner of War

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).


Purple Heart

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates are $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

* 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 $28.15).

Silver Star - Valor

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 $28.15).  Subsequent plates - $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Sons of Confederate Veterans

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

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 $29.80).


Support Our Troops

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 Era Veteran

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 $29.80).

Vietnam Veteran

Vietnam Veteran

Available to: Honorably discharged Vietnam War veterans.

Documentation Required: Proof of service.

Cost: $26.50 annual fee (initial fee is $29.80).

Tennessee Woman Veteran

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 $29.80).


World War II Era Veteran

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 $29.80).

World War II Veteran

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 $29.80).