Special license plates that honor the service of Minnesota's female veterans went on sale for the first time on Friday morning, Driver and Vehicles Services says.
The Associated Press reports that the newly designed Women Veterans' License Plate bears the simple inscription "Woman Veteran." Nine other states offer similar plates specifically for women who have been in the military.
On Friday morning, a group of women veterans gathered at the Town Square DMV in St. Paul to be among the first to buy the new plates.
The sponsor of the bill creating the plates is state Sen. Alice Johnson (DFL-Spring Lake Park); she released a statement saying:
“Although female Veterans have served in every country America has been engaged in, many times they are not recognized for their contribution to our country. This license plate is a small way Minnesota can recognize, thank, and honor our female Veterans.”
Stacey Rhodes, a veteran who works at the Duluth Vet Center, told the Northlands News Center the plates will alert the public to the service of the state's 29,000 women veterans.
"If part of that is a license plate and that's what helps people identify with their service, take pride in it, and share experience than I think that's a great idea," Rhodes said.
Driver and Vehicle Safety explains woman veterans may apply for the plates at any DMV office or by mailing an Application for Special Plates (PS2010) and appropriate fees and documents to:
Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street Suite 164
St. Paul, MN 55101-5164
Motorcycle and disabled plates also are available. Estimated costs for the application and fees are $20. The goal is to get 500 plates on Minnesota vehicles by end of 2015.