Governor Mitch Daniels today saluted veterans and current members of the Armed Forces with new special license plates and driver's licenses that will be available beginning in 2012.
"Indiana is a state of patriots; no place I know reveres its veterans more. These new plates will enable vets to express their pride in serving, but equally they'll enable their fellow citizens to identify and say thanks to those to whom we all owe so much," said Daniels, who was joined at the event by members of each branch of service.
In addition, a new driver's license and identification card will be available in 2012 that has a printed symbol on the back designating the holder as a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The new license plates each have the logo of a specific branch of the U.S. military. The plates replace a generic Hoosier Veteran plate. Scott Waddell, commissioner of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) said the agency received several requests for a distinct license plate for each branch of service. In coordination with Director Tom Applegate and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, the BMV staff developed the design to fit within the Indiana license plate layout and numbering system.
The new plate will be available with 2012 registration renewals and may be ordered online at myBMV.com or at any BMV license branch. Customers will receive the plate in the mail within 14 business days.
To purchase a new veteran's license plate or driver's license for the first time, a discharged veteran must present a DD214 (discharge summary) or other military documents issued by the Department of Defense verifying a veteran's honorable discharge from the armed forces. Active duty personnel must present a military identification card and a current leave and earnings statement to purchase a license plate.
The fee is $15 in addition to the normal registration charges. The fee goes to the Military Family Relief Fund, administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Design examples of the new plates and driver's license designation may be found here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/110911designs.pdf