State to introduce new veterans' license plates

Nov 05, 2018

Stars and stripes will now adorn Maine veterans’ license plates in a new design that will be available beginning Nov. 13.

The new plates will feature red stripes across the top and bottom with a field of three stars in the upper left, on special veteran plates and disability special veteran plates only.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will unveil the new design during the Bangor Band’s annual Veterans Day Concert in Bangor Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m., at the Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road in Bangor. Sample plates will be available for veterans to take home as wall-hangers.

The new design continues to allow space for a commemorative veteran decal if desired. Decals available include those that designate the motorist’s branch of service, as well as some campaign medals and awards.

The redesign was developed by a working group, convened by the BMV at the direction of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee in October 2017.

The new design was chosen because it is easily legible for law enforcement and will cut down on issues such as the “V” on the current veterans’ plate being mistaken as part of the plate number, which can result in motorists begin charged a vanity plate fee or receiving toll violation notices in error. The new plate design also uses a unique numbering system, to avoid confusion with other plate classes.

Beginning Nov. 13, all registrants with veterans’ plates that display the red “V” will be required to switch to the new plate design upon renewal. If they wish to change over to the new design prior to their registration renewal date, a fee of $5/plate will be charged. Vanity plates will be allowed, and current registrants can choose to retain their plate number in the new design for a fee of $15. The new veterans’ plates will be available in most town offices. However, anyone wishing to retain their current number or get a vanity plate must contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


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Posted by: from the kitchen | Nov 05, 2018 16:44

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