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Purple Heart plate

Supporting the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs

*Please note there are different requirements depending upon plate choice. Be sure to review the specific information for each plate.
Who is eligible The owner of a vehicle who was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the United States Government as a result of wounds received in combat against an armed enemy.
Requirements A copy of the official government or military document verifying the receipt of the Purple Heart Medal is required upon application.
Eligible vehicles Automobiles
Multipurpose vehicles
Sport utility vehicles
Motor homes
Trailers and travel trailers
Numbered plate fee
  • $25 initial fee*
  • $5 annual validation fee*
  • Annual registration renewal fee

*Note: The $25 initial plate fee and $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 plate fee
  • $50 initial fee
  • $5 Annual validation fee
  • Annual registration renewal fee

Note: $25 of the personalized plate fee and $5 annual validation 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 Purple Heart License Plate Application

Applications may also be obtained from your county treasurer's office or the following address.

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

Telephone: 515-237-3110

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.