Bill providing license plates to Purple Heart families advances to Senate

STATEHOUSE – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to advance legislation co-authored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) granting surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones.

Currently, Purple Heart recipients who have the specialty license plate can request multiple plates for vehicles registered under his or her name, which could include a spouse’s vehicle. However, Frye, who is the chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, said when the veteran passes away, the spouse cannot renew the Purple Heart plate.

“This bill would allow loved ones to honor their spouse who earned one of the highest honors awarded by our military,” Frye said. “These Hoosier heroes deserve to be honored and remembered.”

Eligible recipients are required to fill out an application and include documentation for award of the Purple Heart Medal before submitting it to the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

House Bill 1039 now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration. Visit to learn more.

For those currently eligible for a Purple Heart license plate, visit to apply.

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