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Military — Purple Heart

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Purple Heart License Plates may be issued to any Illinois resident who has been awarded the military’s Purple Heart medal. A surviving spouse may obtain a set of plates.

Fees

Random-Number Purple Heart 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 Purple Heart plates to vanity and/or personalized Purple Heart plates requires a $29 replacement fee. Registration fee may vary based on current registration.


Vanity Purple Heart 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 Purple Heart 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 copy of the Discharge from Military Service (DD214), or a letter of verification showing your status as a Purple Heart recipient from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or the federal government.
  • 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

  • Purple Heart 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.
  • Eligible for Benefit Access Program