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Retired armed services plates

Supporting the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
Retired Air Force
Retired Air Force
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Retired Army
Retired Army
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Retired Coast Guard
Retired Coast Guard
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Retired Marine
Retired Marine
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Retired Navy
Retired Navy
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Who is eligible Owners of vehicles who are recognized by the United States Armed Forces as retired from the United States Armed Services.
Requirements A copy of the official government or military document confirming retirement.
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 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 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 Retired U.S. Armed Forces 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.