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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; the National Emergency Service Medal; and, a Wabanaki Decal.

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.

Image of word newWabanaki Decal: To qualify for a Wabanaki Decal, the veteran must provide a DD 214 listing an honorable or general discharge under honorable conditions, as well as statement signed by a tribal official from a federally recognized tribe within the Wabanaki Confederacy proving the veterans membership in the tribe. A tribal identification card is also acceptable proof of tribal membership. If the veteran already has a Special Veterans plate or a Wabanaki plate, they will not be required to provide duplicate documentation for that specific qualification.

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 veterans 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. Matching decals must be used on the front and back plates.

Please visit our decal page to view all available decals.

You may contact the BMV Registration Section with questions or comments at: (207) 624-9000 ext. 52149 or by Email: registrations@maine.gov