Veteran/military service award emblem sample

Veteran/military service award emblems

Important information

  • Vehicle and vessel licensing offices can’t perform transactions on Saturday, December 10.
  • Some vehicle and vessel online services, like tab renewal, won’t be available December 7-12 while we update our system.
  • On December 12, 2016, we’ll begin using a new vehicle and vessel computer system.
  • In the days following the launch of our new system, you may experience longer than usual wait times.

Learn more: DOL vehicle licensing system will be down on December 10 for system replacement (licensingexpress.wordpress.com).

These emblems can be put on any license plate type, and include:

  • 1 large emblem – military service or award
  • and
  • 2 smaller emblems – service ribbon, medal, or U.S. flag

Requirements to get an emblem

  • You must be the legal or registered owner of the vehicle
  • You must provide proof of your military service or award
  • Display emblems on bottom of license plate, see example above
    • Between bolt holes – put wording
    • Outside of bolt holes – put ribbons or U.S. flags

How to get your emblem

Take your application, proof of eligibility and fee to an office

Bring these items to a vehicle licensing office:

  • Veteran/Military Service Award Emblem Application
  • Bring $15 cash or a check/money order payable to Department of Licensing
  • Attach proof that you’re eligible:
    • For veterans – A copy of your DD214 or other official military orders
    • For active military duty – Official letter showing awarded medals

Want to get your emblem by mail?

Mail the following to:
Special Plate Unit
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA 98507–8500
  • Veteran/Military Service Award Emblem Application
  • Check/money order for the $15 fee payable to Department of Licensing
  • Include proof that you’re eligible:
    • For veterans – A copy of your DD214 or other official military orders
    • For active military duty – Official letter showing awarded medals

How to replace your emblems

Visit a vehicle licensing office and bring:

  1. DD214 or other proof of the awards or ribbons you’re eligible to have

Types of emblem designs

Veteran/military service awards
(Choose 1)
Ribbons, medals, and flags
(Choose 2)
  • Air Force Cross
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Navy Cross
  • Silver Star Medal
  • U.S. Veteran
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Air Force Cross
  • American Campaign Medal WWII
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Armed Forces Services Medal
  • Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal WWII
  • European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal WWII
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Korean Defense Medal
  • Korean Service Medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • Merchant Marines Atlantic War Zone Medal
  • Merchant Marines Middle East War Zone Medal
  • Merchant Marines Pacific War Zone Medal
  • National Defense Medal
  • Navy Cross
  • Silver Star Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • U.S. Flag (no eligibility required)
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • World War I Victory Medal
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