VICTORIA - British Columbia's popular veteran licence plate program expands on Sept. 1, 2012, to include serving members of the Canadian Forces who hold a trade qualification.
The British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association has worked closely with the government of B.C. to expand the licence plate program from veterans to current regular and reserve members of the Canadian Forces.
Serving members may submit an application form, supported by proof of service and a one-time $5 administrative fee to the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association, Royal Canadian Legion - BC Yukon Command or the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association. Once approved, the member presents the application to their Autoplan broker who will order the plates. There is no additional fee for the veteran plates when current documents and regular plates are surrendered.
The program has been in place since 2004, and over 39,000 veterans living in B.C. have received a specialty licence plate. The commemorative plates, which feature a red poppy on a powder blue background, have previously only been available to veterans who served during war time or in a post-war capacity, as well as veterans who served during a NATO or UN operation, including members of the RCMP and municipal police services.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General -
"I'm very pleased that these specialty licence plates are now available to serving regular and reserve soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen of the Canadian Forces. This expansion of the program is an expression of thanks from the province, to recognize and support the men and women who serve our country, and I encourage them to display their new licence plates with pride."
For more information on the veteran licence plate program, visit: http://www.icbc.com/registration-licensing/specialty-plates/Veteran-plates
For a photo of the licence plate: www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/7882998718/
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Justice