Any eligible family member (spouse, parent, child, sibling, or grandparent) of a fallen soldier who is a Maine resident may now begin the application process to receive a Gold Star Family registration plate. Applications can be obtained from the Bureau of Veterans’ Services.

Completed applications must be submitted with a copy of DD Form 1300, Casualty Report, or other official paperwork indicating death on active duty in support of combat operations (the Bureau of Veterans’ Services may be able to assist in obtaining necessary documentation).

Additionally, the request must include a copy of proof of relationship to the deceased (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate, baptismal certificate, etc). Upon notification from the Bureau of Veterans’ Services, the BMV will issue the plates once they are available. The plates can only be placed on passenger vehicles.

Field of Stars is also now available at all Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This legislation was introduced by Sen. David Trahan R-Waldoboro to recognize those who have served.

In order to obtain this designation applicants must currently be serving in the United States Armed Forces; or provide verification of honorable discharge from the United States military (DD Form 214), or provide certification from the United States Veterans Administration or other appropriate branch of the United States Armed Forces verifying the applicant’s military service and honorable discharge. Applicants will also have to bring documentation verifying Maine residency and legal presence in the United States if they have not already done so (a complete list of acceptable documents can be found at maine.gov/sos/bmv).

To obtain the application for the Gold Star Family registration plate, visit the Bureau of Veterans’ Services website or call 430-6035.

For more information about the military service designation, please contact the Bureau of Motor vehicles at 624-9000.