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Supporting the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
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*Please note there are different requirements depending upon plate choice. Be sure to review the specific information for each plate.
Who is eligible An owner who is the surviving spouse, parent, child, or sibling of a deceased member of the U.S. Armed Forces who died while serving on “active” duty during a time of military conflict.
Requirements The owner of the vehicle must be a surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of a deceased member of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving on “active duty" during a time of military conflict or who died as a result of such service. The application must be accompanied with satisfactory supporting documentation approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. All applications must be sent to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs for approval before a plate can be ordered.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs needs sufficient official documentation showing lineage of applicant to the deceased veteran and documentation that the veteran is deceased due to military service.

Documentation that the veteran died as a result of military service:
  • Report of Casualty;
  • Military Certificate of Death (Overseas);
  • Beneficiary’s Application for (War) Service Compensation State of Iowa; or
  • Federal Veterans Affairs rating indicating a service connected death.

--AND--

Pertinent documentation indicating relationship to the deceased veteran:
  • Birth certificate(s)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Adoption records
  • One of the above deceased veteran documents proving the service connected death, that has the applicants name on it.
Eligible vehicles Automobiles
Multipurpose vehicles
Sport utility vehicles
Vans
Motorcycles
Trucks
Motor homes
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plates
  • One set at no charge
  • Second or subsequent sets at $25
  • $5 annual registration fee to the Veterans License fee Fund at the time of renewal.
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Note: The $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund

Plates (including personalized plates) may be purchased as a gift.  Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser.

Personalized plates
  • One set at $25
  • Second or subsequent sets at $50
  • $5 annual registration fee to the Veterans License fee Fund at the time of renewal.
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Note: The $5 annual validation fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund.

Second or subsequent plates, $25 of the personalized plate fee will be credited to the Veterans License Fee Fund

Personalized license plates may consist of up to five characters and numbers. All personalized plate choices must have at least two characters.

  • No punctuation marks are allowed.
  • No denoting a government agency (i.e., DOT ).
  • No display of characters that are sexual in connotation.
  • No characters suggesting profane, obscene or inflammatory words or phrases, or those contrary to public policy.
  • No characters or words defined in dictionaries as a term of vulgarity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, or racial or ethnic degradation.
  • No characters considered to be offensive.
  • No characters that conflict with the regular license numbering system.
  • Recognized as a swear word.
  • Reference to an illegal substance or criminal act.
  • Any foreign word falling in any of these categories.
  • No duplicate combination of characters.
  • No zeros.
How to apply Special Plate Application

Completed applications may be returned to your county treasurer's office or the following address.

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9278
Des Moines, Iowa  50306-9278

Telephone: 515-237-3110
E-mail:  vehser@dot.iowa.gov

Your plates will be sent to your county treasurer's office and staff will notify you when your plates are available. Plates must be assigned to a vehicle within 90 days or the plates will be voided and no refund issued. Your current plates must be exchanged for your new plates.