License Plates and Driver's License

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has many military/veteran license plates available to eligible veterans as well as special license offers.

Drivers License

The following benefits are available for license and license plate:

  • 100 percent service-connected disabled Veterans are eligible for a free driver’s license.
  • Upon renewal of a driver’s license, all Ohio Veterans with a valid DD-214 can receive a free “Armed Forces” stamp on their license, which can qualify them for retail discounts.

Military License Plates

Ohio has over 40 varieties of military license plates including:

  • Active duty plates
  • Reservists plates
  • Ohio National Guard plates
  • Combat plates
  • Gold Star Family plates

These special plates cost the same as a regular plate, and normal vehicle registration fees apply; however, there is no additional charge for these plates if a system-assigned number (not reserved or personalized) is selected.


The following eligibility criteria must be met.

  • Veterans must present their DD-214 at the BMV in order to obtain a special military/Veteran plate.
  • The DD-214 must confirm the plate type requested (i.e. if you request a Purple Heart plate, your DD-214 must show you received a Purple Heart).

Free License Plates

License plates are available at no charge to:

  • 100 percent service-connected disabled Veterans.
  • Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Former Prisoners of War (POWs)
  • Purple Heart recipients

Contact Information

Phone: 800-589-8247 (8am - 5pm)

Website Information: Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles OPlates