HARRISBURG – New license plates, designed to recognize veterans and provide funds to preserve monuments in the Gettysburg National Military Park are now available from PennDOT.
“We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of all of our veterans and members of the Armed Forces through special license plates,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch. “Military-themed plates serve as a silent testament to the courage and commitment of our troops in defense of our nation, and preserving our heritage is part of that recognition.”
The new series of military-themed plates, authorized by Act 109 of 2014, recognizes the sacrifices of our service members and veterans for their preparation for and service in combat. Specialty plates depicting the Combat Action Ribbon, the Combat Action Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Combat Action Badge and the Combat Medical Badge are now available for qualifying service members and veterans.
The legislation also expanded the criteria for service to qualify for the Merchant Marine registration plate from World War II veterans only to include Merchant Marines who have served during the Korean War, the Vietnam War or any of the recent wars in the Middle East. PennDOT currently offers 34 different types of registration plates recognizing our veterans.
Also, PennDOT is now issuing the Pennsylvania Monuments special fund registration plate that will generate funds to assist with preserving monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The plate has an image of the Pennsylvania Memorial Monument at Gettysburg with the words “Gettysburg 1863” displayed at the bottom of the plate. The fee for the plate is $54 with $23 of the proceeds to be used to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for cleaning, repairing and restoring monuments in the Gettysburg National Military Park.
More about registration plate programs and availability of a wide variety of registration plates can be found by visiting online at www.dmv.state.pa.us, clicking on the Motor Vehicle Information Center and looking under Registration Plate Information.