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Military — Ex-Prisoner of War

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Any U.S. citizen who was a prisoner of war while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or with any of its allies, or a surviving spouse, may apply.

Fees

Random-Number Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates
  • Newly acquired vehicle/first-time issuance
    $95 - 1st set of plates ( $95 title fee + No registration fee)
    $196 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $95 title fee)
  • Currently titled vehicle/first-time issuance
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)
  • Current plates expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $130 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $29 replacement fee)
  • Current plates do not expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $29 - 2nd set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
  • Annual renewal
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)

Switching from current random-number Ex-Prisoner of War plates to vanity and/or personalized Ex-Prisoner of War plates requires a $29 replacement fee. Registration fee may vary based on current registration.


Vanity Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates
  • Newly acquired vehicle/first-time issuance
    $95 - 1st set of plates ($95 title fee + No registration fee)
    $196 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $95 title fee)
  • Currently titled vehicle/first-time issuance
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)
  • Current plates expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $130 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $29 replacement fee)
  • Current plates do not expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $29 - 2nd set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
  • Annual renewal
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)

Personalized Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates
  • Newly acquired vehicle/first-time issuance
    $95 - 1st set of plates ($95 title fee + No registration fee)
    $196 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $95 title fee)
  • Currently titled vehicle/first-time issuance
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)
  • Current plates expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $130 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee + $29 replacement fee)
  • Current plates do not expire within 90 days
    $29 - 1st set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
    $29 - 2nd set of plates ($29 replacement fee)
  • Annual renewal
    No Fee - 1st set of plates
    $101 - 2nd set of plates ($101 registration fee)

To Apply

  • One must provide a form from the federal government or a letter from the Department of Veterans' Affairs verifying the ex-prisoner of war status.
  • The request can only be processed in Springfield. Apply in person or mail the proper documentation to:
    Secretary of State
    501 S. 2nd St.
    Howlett Building, Room 541
    Springfield, Illinois 62756

Availability

  • Ex-Prisoner of War license plates are multi-year and may be displayed on passenger vehicles, trucks and vans weighing 8,000 pounds or less and sport utility vehicles.
  • Not eligible for Benefit Access Program

Renewal Methods

  • The no fee Ex-Prisoner of War license plates must be renewed in Springfield. Apply in person or mail in the proper documentation to:
    Secretary of State
    501 S. 2nd St.
    Howlett Building, Room 541
    Springfield, Illinois 62756
  • Only the second set of Ex-Prisoner of War license plates can be renewed online, by mail, touch-tone phone, or visit a Driver Services facility.