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US Merchant Marine

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  • Code Section: 32-6-650, 32-6-231.1, and 32-6-250.1
  • Primary Tag Type(s): MM (Pre-numbered)
  • Secondary Tag Type(s):
    • 01 (Disability Access)
    • MC (Motorcycle Pre-numbered)
    • M1 (Motorcycle Disability)
  • Series Began: January 2018

All residents of Alabama who are active, retired, or honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine may purchase license plates in this category.

Required Documentation

The following documents must be presented to the license plate issuing official:

  • A Merchant Mariner Credential (Red Book). This document is very similar to a US Passport, except it has a red cover. If Merchant Mariner does not have their credential but has/knows their reference number, eligibility can be verified by visiting the following website: MMLD Credential Verification
  • Veterans may also provide a certification from the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA). The ADVA website www.va.alabama.gov will provide additional information or visit the nearest Veterans Service Office to obtain Certificate of Authorization.

The Application for Disability Access Parking Privileges must be provided to obtain the disability access license plate.

The plates may not be personalized.

The distinctive license plate follows the owner and is not transferable.

This plate may be displayed upon the following types of vehicles:

  • private passenger automobiles
  • pickup trucks
  • motorcycles
  • pleasure motor vehicles (i.e., recreational vehicles)

The license plate design changes every five (5) years.

The surviving spouse of a veteran fitting this criteria may not obtain the plate.

The surviving spouse of a veteran fitting this criteria may not retain the plate.

There is no limit to the number of plates the registrant may obtain.

Individual plates are ordered On Demand through the Plate Reservation and Ordering System (PROS).



  • Registration: $15.00-$890.00 depending on the type of vehicle registered
  • Additional fees: $3.00 in the years in which a metal plate is issued
  • The net proceeds of the $3 are distributed to base in accordance with the provisions of Sections 40-12-269 and 40-12-270, Code of Alabama.