The Commonwealth of Virginia calls more than 107,000 women veterans home, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has more than 250 specialty license plates.
Nevertheless, Virginia does not have a specialty license plate honoring its women veterans. Needless to say, the oversight is long overdue, but that may soon change.
The DMV is in the process of collecting 450 pre-applications for the specialty license plate for women veterans along with a $10 deposit by Jan. 11, 2023. Once the applications and the deposits are in place, a Women Veterans Plate Bill will be sent to the 2023 Virginia General Assembly.
Once the bill passes during the 2023 session, it will go to the desk of Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has already expressed his support for such a license plate. Once the governor signs the bill, production of the license plate will begin.
Those who are among the first 450 people to submit a pre-application along with the $10 deposit ($20 for a personalized plate) will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite option for the license plate design. Drivers need not wait for their registration to expire but instead may simply choose to transfer their plate to the women veterans specialty plate once it becomes available. Drivers also have the option of waiting until their registration expires and then requesting the women veterans license plate option at the time of renewal.
The completed hard copy applications and a $10 ($20 if requesting personalized plate) deposit should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Payment should be made by check only, no cash please.
Submit to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Attn: Jasmine Scott, 101 N. 14th Street, 17th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.