The federal government is allowing states to begin issuing engraved trophy plates honoring people who have died.
The plates, which are a $100 fee, can now be ordered online or at a local DMV office.
The process can take as little as five days, and the plates can be personalized with names, addresses, and other personal information.
The federal government began the process to issue personalized engraved plates in 2017.
The agency has now allowed the first states to issue the plates, according to a Department of Transportation press release.
In addition, states can now choose to include personalized name tags for a $35 fee.
The tags are available online for $25, and a license plate can be ordered for $40.
The name tags can be purchased in-person at a DMV office or by mail.
The process to request the engraved plates was made easier by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The department said it is moving to begin accepting personalized engraved plate orders in 2018.
“It’s important to recognize that the Veterans of Foreign Wars engraved plate is a way to honor those who served and those who fought,” said Chris Haines, the department’s acting director of programs.
“It’s a way for our Veterans to recognize their service and to remember the sacrifices they made.”
“Our veterans are our best friends and we want to honor them,” said Robert Bausman, a Veterans of the World plate recipient who lives in Georgia.
“We want to help them remember the good times they had together.
The plate is an honor for them, and it shows they’ve earned it.”
Haines said the plates are not a way of marking the end of service.
“That’s not a mark of the military, it’s a mark for them,” he said.
“The plate is just a way we’re showing our appreciation for their service.”
States can apply to be awarded engraved plates through a program known as the Uniformed Services Reciprocal Engraving Program.
The program will begin in 2017 and last four years, with plates issued starting in 2019.
A list of the top 25 states in terms of veterans’ service is available at http://www.dod.gov/fbi/programs/military-services-services/services-benefits.htm