Indiana vets get 5 license plates honoring service

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles is honoring Hoosier veterans and active military with five new license plates and a new driver's license.

The plates will display the seal for each branch of the armed services and be available next year. They replace the generic veteran's plate the state approved in 2002. The state will also issue new driver's licenses for veterans with a small "V" on them indicating their service.

BMV Commissioner Scott Waddell says he received numerous requests for the plates. Indiana veteran affairs director Tom Applegate says about 490,000 veterans live in the state.

Gov. Mitch Daniels says the plates will help veterans display their service to their country and let others show their respect. The $15 fee will go to the state's Military Family Relief Fund.