Kentucky issued the first license plates honoring Gold Star Mothers – parents whose children have died in military service - with individualized plates in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in April 2006. Since the start of this program through December 2012, KDVA has presented more than 115 Gold Star license plates. KDVA continues to present the plates in an individual ceremony to each Gold Star Mother, Father, and Spouse who requests one.
In 2007, the General Assembly waived the license plate fee for up to two special Gold Star license plates for each recipient. However, recipients must still pay the annual motor vehicle tax.
New Gold Star Sibling License Plate Available January 4, 2016
Beginning January 4, 2016, a Gold Star Sibling license plate will become available to individuals whose sibling died while serving the country in the United States Armed Forces. To honor their deceased loved ones, the creation of the plate was established by House Bill 209, passed by the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly. The Gold Star Sibling plate will be available for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. For purposes of this legislation, “sibling” means a sibling by blood, a sibling by half-blood, a sibling by adoption, or a stepsibling.
As with other military plates, there are restrictions. To receive the plate, a Gold Star Sibling Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs (KDVA). Applicants must include full name, address, email and phone number, as well as verification of the service member's death while on active duty. Such verification can be a DD Form 1300 or other third-party verification such as contemporary newspaper articles. KDVA will confirm eligibility and provide a letter of qualification directly to the county clerk office on behalf of the license plate applicant.
How to Request a Gold Star Mother/Father/Spouse License Plate
To request a Gold Star Mother/Father/Spouse license plate, simply mail, fax or email a scanned copy of the official Department of Defense death notice or death certificate (DD Form 1300) of the service member to:
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
1111B Louisville Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
After review, KDVA will send to the applicant an official letter of eligibility for the Gold Star license plate. KDVA will also attach instructions to access the Kentucky Transporation Cabinet website to order the plate. KYTC will send a pre-approval form back to the applicant. The applicant may then take that pre-approval form and the KDVA letter of eligibility to the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
Email KDVA at email@example.com for more information about Gold Star Mother/Father/Spouse license plates.