New License Plates Available for Paratroopers, WWII Merchant Mariners

HARRISBURG – Members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served with a U.S. Military Airborne Unit or as a World War II Merchant Mariner can now display their service with new license plates available from PennDOT.

“These new plates recognize the added challenges faced by the brave service members who served with our nation’s military airborne units and those who served with the Merchant Marines during World War II,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.  “PennDOT is proud to recognize the contributions of all of our military members.”

The legislation establishing the new registration plates provides for a U.S. Military Airborne Unit plate exhibiting the standard registration plate configuration with images of jump and glider wings.

The plate for World War II members of the Merchant Marines features the standard registration plate configuration coupled with an image of the Merchant Marine emblem.

Veterans and military personnel interested in these new plates can visit PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site,, and select the “Military License Plates” link under the “Military Personnel/Veterans” Information Center.  A complete listing of available military license plates can also be found on this page. The page provides images of each plate and links to the appropriate application form.

The U.S. Military Airborne Unit plate, along with the majority of military license plates, can be requested by filling out Form MV-150, “Application for U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate,” which also contains instructions for applying for the plates and the respective fees.

People requesting a World War II Merchant Marine plate must fill out a Form MV-150W, “World War II Era U.S. Military Registration.”

In addition to these plates, PennDOT offers a variety of license plates including those honoring individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and in major conflicts from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom.

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