Military License Plates
As of April 18, 2022, applications for military plates will only be processed by mail at SCDMV Headquarters in Blythewood. See application process below.
As of May 6, 2022, all newly issued military license plates will require an updated decal each year (similar to regular plates). For more information, read the Military Plates news article.
Available Military License Plates
You can view all of the available military license plates at the SCDMV Plate Gallery.
Use the Refine Search function to select "Military" to see only military license plates.
Qualifying for a Military License Plate
Qualifying active or prior service members may receive a maximum of three military plates per eligible plate type, and only one plate per vehicle.
Applicants must provide all necessary official military documentation. These documents may include:
- NGB Form 22
- Official order
- A "Twenty Year Letter" from a Military Reserve Component
- Veterans Identification Card (VIC)
Military Plate Benefits and Registration Fees
A new parking privilege has been added to certain plates that will allow free parking in metered areas in SC. These benefits do not apply to military license plates issued before May 6, 2022.
The design printed in the top right section of the license plate will indicate that the plate is eligible for free metered parking in SC. See example below.
Military customers looking to purchase a military plate can find the general requirements and privileges of each plate below.
The Application for Military Plates (SCDMV Form MV-37) lists the requirements, benefits, and fees for each military license plate.
Permanent military plates are no longer issued. Permanent military plate holders are not required to surrender their current permanent plates and are grandfathered under the new requirements. However, if the permanent plate holder wishes to transfer a his or her permanent plate, he or she will be required to apply for a new plate.
Applying for a Military License Plate
If you're interested in applying for a military plate, you must mail all of the following:
- Completed Application for Military Plates (SCDMV Form MV-37)
- Official military documentation
- Any other required documents (listed on the SCDMV Form MV-37 under the plate requirements)
- Any applicable fees
- *For all military license plates labeled "Wheelchair," the applicant must include the Application for Placard and/or License Plate for People who have a Disability (Form RG-007A).
Mail the completed documents above, along with payment (if applicable) in the form of a check or money order, to the address below:
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0038
SC Code of Laws - 56-3-14910 -56-3-14990