On July 7, 2011 the 125th Maine Legislature established the Gold Star Family License Plate, signifying that a family member was killed-in-action or died in a combat theater of operations.
According to the State of Maine website, to be eligible for the plate, the family member must have received a Gold Star Lapel Button, with a purple background, from the casualty branch of service jurisdiction or be eligible to receive the button from the federal government. [More information.]
License plate numbers for the first Gold Star Family License Plates were issued August 17 via a lottery process overseen by Secretary of State Charlie Summers. Forty-five applications for the license plates were approved by the Bureau of Veterans’ Services. Each recipient was randomly assigned a plate number between 1000-1999 by drawing a custom designed poker chip created by Chipco International, a company located in Yarmouth.
For more information on who is eligible to receive a Gold Star Family license plate and/or to obtain an application, contact the Bureau of Veterans’ Services at (207) 430-6035 or visit their website at http://www.maine.gov/dvem/bvs.