State / Territory Benefits - Oklahoma

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Summary: Oklahoma offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including 100% Veteran Disability Tax Exemption, Financial Assistance Program, Employment Assistance, Veteran's Employment Preference, Tuition Aid Grant, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing Privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

State Tax Benefit: An Oklahoma resident who is a member of any component of the Armed Services may exclude 100% of his/her taxable active duty military pay. This includes Reserve and National Guard pay.

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Income Tax Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouse: a nonresident Spouse of a nonresident Service member may be exempt from Oklahoma income tax on income from services performed in Oklahoma if all of the following facts are true:

  • The Service member is present in Oklahoma in compliance with military orders;
  • The Spouse is in Oklahoma to be with the Service member; and
  • The Spouse maintains the same domicile as the Service member.

Withholding Tax: A Spouse whose wages are exempt from Oklahoma income tax under the SCRA may claim an exemption from Oklahoma withholding tax. Spouses wishing to claim this exemption from income tax may file a Form OW-9-MSE: Annual Withholding Tax Exemption Certification for Military Spouse with their employer. Spouses claiming exemption from Oklahoma income tax should consider the impact on their income tax (and estimated income tax) liability in their domicile state.

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Retired Military Pay: Any individual may exclude the greater of 75% of their retirement benefits or $10,000, but not to exceed the amount included in the Federal Adjusted Gross Income. The retirement benefits must be from any component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

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Military SBP/ RCSBP/ RSFPP: In accordance with Oklahoma statute §68-2358.19, all retirement benefits received by federal civil service retirees, including survivor annuities, paid in lieu of Social Security benefits shall be exempt from taxable income to the extent such benefits are included in the federal adjusted gross income.

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100% Veteran Disability Tax Exemption: 100% tax exemption for sales tax, excise tax, and ad valorem tax (Latin term meaning "as to value"), including city and county sales tax, will be exempt.
Eligibility: Persons who have been certified as receiving compensation at the 100% rate where disability is permanent and where it is service connected as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The sales tax exemption for the 100% disabled veterans extends to the surviving spouse of a deceased qualified veteran if the surviving spouse has not remarried. Sales qualifying for the exemption are limited to $1000.00 per year for the surviving spouse.

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100% Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: The exemption may be claimed on only one vehicle in a consecutive three year period by any single qualifying Veteran. The exemption applies to motor vehicles only. It does not apply to boats or motors. The exemption does not apply to surviving Spouses of qualified Veterans.
Eligibility:

  • The qualifying Veteran must be listed on the title as an owner of the vehicle. Additional owners may also be present.
  • The vehicle must have been purchased on or after 7/1/05.
  • A letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs must be presented certifying that the Veteran is receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate or the exemption card issued to document the sales tax exemption must be presented.

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100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: There is a 100% property tax exemption for disabled Veterans. Property tax systems are based on market value of real, personal and public service properties. The exemption can be claimed beginning January 1, 2006. The exemption will be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. Complete OTC Form 998, application for100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption and take to the county assessor's office for the county in which the property is located.
Eligibility: The qualifying Veteran must be receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate. The exemption applies to the surviving Spouse of the Veteran if the surviving spouse has not remarried.

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Education Benefits:

College Credit for Service: Oklahoma state law (OK Stat § 59-4100.3 (2014) ) allows Oklahoma colleges, university and technology centers to provide academic credit to a Veteran honorably discharged in the previous three years for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to his or her area of study. Under the new law, college boards must have adopted policies for military academic credit by January 1, 2013 and courses must meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards.

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Expedited Professional Licensure for Service members and Spouses: For Service members desiring professional licensure in the state of Oklahoma, the trade committee and Board for the related license shall apply any relevant education, training, and experience derived from military service. An applicant must complete and submit the following:

  • Appropriate application(s),
  • Satisfactory evidence of education, training, and experience obtained as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces,
  • License certification(s) from any jurisdiction where the applicant holds or held a license, if applicable,
  • Criminal history background application and fingerprint card, if applicable, and
  • Successful completion of the appropriate examination.

For military Spouses, Oklahoma state law allows for expedited professional licensure provided the following criteria are met:

  • Applicant is actively licensed in another state,
  • Applicant is the Spouse of an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces,
  • Applicant has a Spouse subject to a military transfer to Oklahoma, and
  • Applicant left employment in another state to accompany the Service member.

*Note: If there is a question as to the competence of the applicant, he/she may be required to complete additional educational courses and/or successfully complete the required examination. (59 O.S. § 4100.4)

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Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG): OTAG is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or part-time undergraduate students. The maximum annual award is the lesser of 75 percent of enrollment costs or $1,000 for students attending public colleges, universities or career technology centers, and $1,300 for students attending eligible private colleges or universities. One-half of the award is disbursed in the fall semester, and one-half is disbursed in the spring semester. Funds are released to eligible students by campus officials after eligibility has been confirmed. This grant does not have to be repaid.
Eligibility: Oklahoma residents who have a high school diploma or GED certificate.

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Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education: This program waives the tuition at any state-supported technology career center school in the State of Oklahoma operating under the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee shall be excluded from the provisions of this act.
Eligibility: Any Oklahoma Veteran, or dependent of any Oklahoma Veteran who was missing in action or a prisoner of war.

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National Guard Tuition Waiver: The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state. A resident tuition waiver covers the cost of resident tuition for all courses for which resident tuition is charged. The student is responsible for all other fees: special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others. A student may receive a waiver for a maximum of 18 semester credit hours each semester, for up to six years from the date of first application.
Eligibility: A student who is a member of the Oklahoma National Guard shall be eligible for a full resident tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a bona fide member of the Oklahoma National Guard at the beginning of the semester for which he/she is applying for a scholarship or by the scholarship application deadline determined by the institution.
  • Has been certified as a member in good standing by the Adjunct General.
  • Is an Oklahoma resident.
  • Does not currently hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree.
  • Meets all admission and retention requirements of the institution.

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Heroes Promise: House Bill 1343 became effective July 1, 2011 creating a special tuition scholarship for Children of Oklahoma military personnel that were killed in action after January 1, 2000. Heroes Promise will help pay the student's tuition at a public community college or university. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university or for courses at public technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship is good for up to five years or until the student completes a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The final amount of the scholarship will vary depending on where the student attends college, the tuition rates in effect at that time and whether he or she attends full time or less.
Eligibility:

  • The scholarship is available to Children of any person killed after January 1, 2000, in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or who died after January 1, 2000, as a result of an injury sustained while in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
  • The person who was killed or died must have filed an individual or joint Oklahoma income tax return for the tax year prior to the year during which the person was killed or died.
  • The student must be an Oklahoma resident.
  • The student must enroll within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education prior to reaching the age of 21.

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High School Diplomas for Veterans: In order to recognize and pay tribute to Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, in the Korean War, or in the Vietnam War, a board of education of any independent school district in this state is hereby authorized to grant a diploma of graduation to any Veteran who meets the requirements as listed in Section 517.0.2 of the School Laws of Oklahoma 2009.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a Veteran shall:

  • Have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Served on active duty or have been discharged with a service-connected disability between these dates:
    • September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946
    • June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955
    • May 13, 1961, and April 29, 1975
  • Be a resident of the state of Oklahoma.

School districts are further encouraged to present such diplomas in conjunction with appropriate Veterans Day programs.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Dr. Pam Deering, Compact Commissioner
Address: 7217 S.E. 15 St, Midwest City, Ok 73117
Email: Pdeering@mid-del.net
Phone: 405-737-4461 ext.233

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Employment Benefits:

Employment Assistance: State employee receives 20 work days military leave per fiscal year when ordered to military duty.
Eligibility: State employee on Inactive Duty Training, Annual Training or active duty.

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Veteran Public Employment Preference: Veterans, Spouses of Veterans certified as unemployable, or un-remarried surviving Spouses may receive preference in placement on the lists of eligible persons for competitive and noncompetitive appointment. In order for Veteran's preference to be awarded, it is necessary to complete this form and supply the documents listed below as "Required Proof". There are three levels of preference:
Eligibility: A Veteran who has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States and has been a resident of Oklahoma for at least 1 year prior to the date of the examination.
--5 point preference - 5 points may be added to the final score of any Veteran, the Spouse of a Veteran certified as unemployable due to a service connected disability certified by the Veteran's Administration or any agency of the Department of Defense within 6 months of date of application, or un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran.
--10 point preference - 10 points may be added to the score of any Veteran who has submitted proof of having a service-connected disability.
--10 point preference plus placement at the top of the list - Veterans who are receiving benefits for a service-connected disability rated 30% or more are placed at the top of the register. Absolute Preference Veterans shall not be denied employment and passed over for others without showing cause. Disability letters must be dated within six months of the application date.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: Oklahoma's Employment Security Commission administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), providing temporary assistance to unemployed Oklahoma workers.

Unemployment insurance is a program of social insurance meant to ease the economic burden of unemployment by providing a temporary source of income for individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment is an insurance paid by your employer in the form of Unemployment Taxes.

You may apply as soon as you become unemployed. Your application cannot be made retroactive beyond the week in which it is filed.

Eligibility: To qualify you must be unemployed at the time of filing or working less than full-time and earning wages less than your weekly benefit amount. You must have a minimum of $1500 in covered wages in your base period and your total base period wages must be 1½ times your high quarter wages. If you are not a citizen, you must present evidence to establish you were lawfully admitted to the United States during the period of your employment. You can file a claim here.

To Contact the Unemployment Service Center:

If you live:

Call

Inside the OKC calling area

405-525-1500

All others

1-800-555-1554

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Oklahoma Veterans' Employment Initiative (Workforce Oklahoma): The Employment Security Commission employs Local Veterans' Employment Service Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs). These individuals conduct outreach services to employers with no Workforce Office Veteran services, and provide intensive employment services to Veterans and targeted populations meeting criteria as having or supporting individuals identified with significant barriers to employment. Click the 'Learn More' tab below for LVER/DVOP locations and contact information.

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Veterans' Priority: The U.S. Department of Labor provides grant funds to the State of Oklahoma to provide employment and training services to eligible residents and workers. As a condition to receiving those funds, priority of service will be given to qualified Veterans when referring individuals to job openings, DOL funded training programs or related services. In accordance with the implementation of the Veterans' Priority Provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" (PL 107-288), qualified Veterans will receive priority referral to services over non-Veterans as determined by each program's mandatory eligibility criteria.
Information and assistance will be provided by One-Stop and Workforce Center staff regarding available employment programs, training opportunities and services, eligibility requirements, and Veteran's priority. Veterans are encouraged to avail themselves of these opportunities.
For more information on program eligibility and Veteran Priority details, visit or contact a local One-Stop or Workforce office. Veteran Employment and Training staff or One-Stop staff members are available to explain program mandatory eligibility and Veterans' priority. Also, click here for the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Career Transition website.

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Motor Vehicle Division Related Benefits:

Driver License/ID Card Renewal Guidelines for Military Personnel: The following procedure may be used to renew or replace a Class D license or ID card of a Service member or dependent stationed outside of Oklahoma. If the Driver License or ID card is expired, a copy of military orders showing residence during active duty must be provided along with the following information:

  • Full name, date of birth, Oklahoma license number,
  • Oklahoma resident address and out of state address (where the license is to be mailed),
  • Copy of two forms of identification (i.e., OK license and military ID),
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope,
  • Required fee ($33.50 for renewal, $20.00 for replacement), payable to Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

This information must be mailed to the following address:

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Driver License Examining, Renewal by Mail
PO Box 11415
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136

The license cannot be renewed or replaced by email or telephone request. The Department shall not renew a license by mail unless the license was previously issued or renewed in person by the applicant. In the event that the Service member or dependent cannot renew his/her license, the license is valid for the period of service and sixty (60) days from and after the return of the Service member or dependent to the state of Oklahoma. For additional information, please call the Department of Public Safety at (405) 425-2300.

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"Veteran" Designation on Driver License/ID Card: Veterans may apply for a "Veteran" designation on their Oklahoma driver's license or ID Card. There is no fee associated with the addition of the designation; however, if the license is being renewed or a duplicate issued, standard fees apply.
Eligibility: Veterans who choose to have the "Veteran" status on their card will have to show proof of military service by providing their DD214, DD215, WWII discharge document, a US Department of Veterans Affairs photo ID card, or an Oklahoma Army or Air National Guard NGB Form 22 when renewing or obtaining their identification card or driver license.

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Disabled/Partially Disabled Veteran Plate: A Veteran with at least a 50% service connected disability is entitled to a reduced rate on annual registration and/or a special DAV license plate. The plate may be issued with the International Accessibility Symbol (ISA) with verifying documents. The application (click the 'Learn more' link below) may be mailed or presented in person.
Eligibility: The applicant must be a disabled Veteran with a rating of 50% or more. The name of the disabled Veteran must appear on the face of the title. The fee for the plate is $6.50 if picked up, or $9.50 if mailed. The application, medical supporting documentation or previously-issued physically disabled parking placard number (if ISA is desired), the award letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and proof of insurance must be presented or mailed.

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Special Vehicle License Plates: A complete list of Oklahoma special plates for military Service members and Veterans can be found here. Please see the following list for more information and applications (click 'Learn more').

Killed in Action License Plates: Plates shall be designed to honor Oklahoma members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed in action. The Spouse of the deceased person, if the Spouse has not remarried, or if remarried, the remarriage is terminated by death, divorce, or annulment, may apply for a killed in action license plate upon presenting proper certification that the person was killed in action and that the person making the application is the qualifying Spouse of the deceased person. Applications must be made in person. The fee for initial issue and annual renewal of the plate is $18.50 ($14.00 plus $1.50 insurance filing and $3.00 mailing fee).

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Legion of Merit License Plate: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state presenting proper certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States certifying that such resident has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Distinguished Flying Cross License Plate: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state presenting proper certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States certifying that such resident has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Distinguished Service Medal License Plate: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state presenting proper certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States certifying that such resident has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Military Multi-Decoration License Plates: Plates shall be designed for any resident of Oklahoma who has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Medal, Joint Forces Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross Award, the Bronze Star,, or the Silver Star, . Applicants must provide proof of award. The fee is $23.00 ($20.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee. Allow 4 months) and $21.50 for renewal for a personalized plate, or $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) for original and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) renewal for a pre-numbered plate.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars License Plates: Plates shall be designed to honor the Veterans of foreign wars and issued to any resident of this state who is a member of a Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in this state. Such persons may apply for Veterans of Foreign Wars license plates upon proof of membership in a Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. The license plate shall be designed in consultation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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World War II Veterans License Plate: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in World War II. Applicants must present proof of service for that time period. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 for renewal or $23.00 ($20.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee. Allow 4 months) for personalized plates.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor License Plates: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state who can be verified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States as being a member of the United States Armed Forces on December 7, 1941, stationed on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hawaii time at Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu, or offshore at a distance not to exceed three (3) miles, and a recipient of an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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180th Infantry License Plate: Plates are available for current or former members of the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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American Legion License Plate: Plates are available for current members of the American Legion. Applicants must provide proof of membership. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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D-Day Survivor License Plate: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces who participated in D-Day. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $ 11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Korean War Veteran License Plate: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in the Korean War. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 for renewal or $23.00 ($20.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee. Allow 4 months) for personalized plates.

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Korea Defense Medal License Plate: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state presenting proper certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States certifying that such resident has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Vietnam Veteran License Plate: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in the Vietnam conflict. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Desert Storm License Plates: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged or present member of the United States Armed Forces who served in the Persian Gulf Crisis and the Desert Storm operation. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Global War on Terrorism Plate: Recipients of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may purchase a Global War on Terrorism Plate. Applicants must provide proof of award. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) for original and replacement and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Operation Enduring Freedom License Plates: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged or present member of the United States Armed Forces who served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom License Plates: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged or present member of the United States Armed Forces who served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Combat Infantryman Badge License Plate: Original license plate applicants must attach certification showing they are eligible for the Combat Infantryman Badge License Plate with a DD214 or Certificate of Award. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) and $9.50 for renewal.

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Iwo Jima License Plate: Original license plate applicants must attach certification showing they are eligible for an Iwo Jima License Plate. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Joint Service Commendation Medal License Plate: Original license plate applicants must attach certification showing they are eligible for the Joint Service Commendation Medal License Plate (DD214, Certificate of Award, etc). The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Army Reserve License Plates: Plates shall be designed and issued to any honorably discharged or present member of a reserve unit of the United States Armed Forces. Applicants must provide proof of service. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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National Guard License Plates: Plates shall be designed for active or retired members of the Oklahoma National Guard. Retirees who are eligible for such plates shall provide proof of eligibility upon initial application, but shall not be required to provide proof of eligibility annually. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) or $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates: Plates shall be designed for honorably discharged or present members of the United States Armed Forces and civilians who were former prisoners of war held by a foreign country and who can provide proper certification of that status. Such persons may apply for a prisoner of war license plate for no more than two vehicles. The surviving Spouse of any deceased former prisoner of war is eligible, if the Spouse has not since remarried, or if remarried, the remarriage is terminated by death, divorce, or annulment, may apply for a prisoner of war license plate for one vehicle. The fee for issue and renewal of the plate is $18.50 ($14.00 plus $1.50 insurance filing and $3.00 mailing fee).

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Missing In Action License Plates: Plates shall be designed to honor members of the United States Armed Forces who are missing in action. The Spouse of such missing person, if the Spouse has not since remarried, or if remarried, the remarriage is terminated by death, divorce, or annulment, and each parent of the missing person may apply for a missing in action license plate upon presenting proper certification that the person is missing in action and that the person making the application is the qualifying Spouse or the parent of the missing person. The qualifying Spouse and each parent of the missing person may each apply for the missing in action license plate. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Purple Heart Recipient License Plates: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state presenting proper certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Armed Forces of the United States certifying that such resident has been awarded the Purple Heart military decoration. The surviving Spouse of any deceased Veteran, who has been awarded the Purple Heart military decoration, if such Spouse has not since remarried, or if remarried, the remarriage has been terminated by death, divorce or annulment, may apply for such plate for one vehicle. The fee is $3.00 (No registration fee but a $3.00 mailing fee) and $1.50 (No registration fee but a $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Gold Star Parent: Plates shall be designed to honor the Parents of Service members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed in action or an honorably discharged Veteran who died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease. A letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, OR deceased Veteran's DD Form 1300 (if the form does not reflect service person's death, a copy of the death certificate will need to be included) and birth certificate confirming applicant's relation OR Gold Star Parent membership identification card is required. Parents are limited to (2) plates per year and the fee for issue plate is $18.50 ($14.00 plus $1.50 insurance filing and $3.00 mailing fee) and $17.00 ($14.00 fee plus $1.50 insurance fee plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Gold Star Spouse: Plates shall be designed to honor the Surviving Spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran who died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease. Such surviving Spouse may, if not since remarried, or if remarried, the remarriage is terminated by death, divorce or annulment, apply for a Surviving Spouse license plate for one vehicle. DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty OR Death Certificate, DD Form 214 and a statement Veteran's death was due to or a consequence of a service-connected disability. The fee for initial issue plate is $18.50 ($14.00 plus $1.50 insurance filing and $3.00 mailing fee) and $17.00 ($14.00 fee plus $1.50 insurance fee plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Gold Star Survivor: Plates shall be designed to honor the Children of Service members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed in action or an honorably discharged Veteran who died due to or as a consequence of a service-connected injury, illness or disease. A letter of confirmation from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, OR deceased Veteran's DD Form 1300 (if the form does not reflect service person's death, a copy of the death certificate will need to be included) and birth certificate confirming applicant's relation. The fee for initial issue plate is $18.50 ($14.00 plus $1.50 insurance filing and $3.00 mailing fee) and $17.00 ($14.00 fee plus $1.50 insurance fee plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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U.S. Army: Plates shall be designed for members of the United States Army. Persons applying for such license plate must show proof of service by presenting a valid Uniformed Services Identity Card or the United States Department of Defense Form (DD) 214. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Army Retired: Plates shall be designed for retired members of the United States Army. Persons applying for such license plate must show proof of service by presenting a valid Uniformed Services Identity Card or the United States Department of Defense Form DD214. The fee is $11.00 ($8.00 plus $3.00 mailing fee) and $9.50 ($8.00 plus $1.50 mailing fee) for renewal.

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Medal of Honor Recipient License Plates: Plates shall be designed for any resident of this state who has been awarded the Medal of Honor. Such persons may apply for a Medal of Honor recipient license plate for each vehicle. Applicants must provide proof of award. Applications must be made in person. There shall be no registration fee for the issuance of this plate.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Hospital and medical treatment provided for injury or disease through Worker's Compensation.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Group Insurance: Oklahoma National Guard Association offers Guard members from $5,000.00 up to $1,000,000 in combined life insurance plans. New recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage at no charge; enrollment must occur within 90 days of joining the National Guard.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member.

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Injury/Death Benefits: Paid by Worker's Compensation benefits.
Eligibility: Disease, injury or death occurs while serving on State Active Duty.

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Parks and Recreation Benefits

Free Admission to State Owned or State-Operated Parks or Museums: All honorably discharged Veterans who are currently Oklahoma residents shall be allowed free admission to all state-owned or state-operated parks and museums. A valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card and military discharge papers (DD Form 214) or similar evidence of an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces shall be required for free admission.

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Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Free hunting and fishing permit.
Eligibility: Veterans who are 60% or more service connected disabled and legal residents of Oklahoma.

Disability Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License: Legal residents having proper certification from the USDVA or its successor certifying that the person is a disabled Veteran may purchase a disability lifetime combination hunting/fishing license. The fees for the license are:

  • $200.00 for veterans having a disability of LESS THAN 60%; and
  • $25.00 for veterans having a disability of 60% OR MORE. (The $25.00 license provides some additional tags not included in the free permit for veterans with a 60% or more certified disability.)

Disabled Exemptions: Veterans with proper certification from the USDVA or its successor, certifying that the person is a disabled Veteran in receipt of compensation at the 100% rate are exempt from the fees for:

  • Deer Gun Hunting License;
  • Deer Archery Hunting License;
  • Primitive Firearms License;
  • Bonus, Special, Or Second Deer Gun Hunting License

Legal resident Veterans having a disability of 60% or more are exempt from the Wildlife Stamp requirements.

*Note: There shall be no exemptions except for residents sixty-four (64) years of age or older, provided such residents have obtained a senior citizen's license.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

Oklahoma Financial Assistance Program: A program to provide financial aid to Veterans, their Spouses, Widows, and Children who are experiencing an emergency. Such must be due to an interruption or loss of job and income resulting from illness, injury or disaster such as loss of home due to fire, flood or storm. Unemployment not resulting from the above cannot be considered a reason for granting emergency funds. These funds are designed for one-time emergency aid and not as recurring source of income.

Financial Assistance funds are to be used only for the actual necessities of food, rent and utilities for Veterans and their dependents. The funds cannot be used for old debts, doctor or hospital bills, car payment, etc.
Eligibility: Financial aid grants are available to war Veterans discharged under honorable conditions, who meet the one year residency requirement and have ninety (90) days of actual wartime service, in the Armed Forces for the United States during the period of a time in which the United States participated in a war, campaign or battle, but excluding any person who served on active duty for training only, unless discharged from active duty for service connected disability (Proof of service is required) falling within these dates:

  • WWII from 12/7/41 to 12/31/46
  • Korean Conflict from 6/27/50 to1/31/55
  • Vietnam Era from 8/5/64 to 5/7/75 (2/28/61 for Veterans who served " in country" before 8/5/64)
  • Persian Gulf War from 8/1/90 through future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation.

Other than death cases, a recent medical statement showing the Veteran's inability to work is required for emergencies involving disasters such as fire, flood or storm damage to a home. A statement from the investigating agency concerning disaster claims. The Widow or minor Child's eligibility is based on the Veteran's wartime service and must meet the one (1) year residency requirement.

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"The Oklahoma Cross of Valor": Any person having the following qualifications is hereby authorized to apply for, receive, and display a certain badge or medal, to be known as "The Oklahoma Cross of Valor":

  • Was a resident of Oklahoma at the time of entering the military service of the United States;
  • The military service referred to in (1) above, was performed during either World War II, the Korean Conflict or the Republic of Vietnam Conflict, or during any period of time in which the United States participated in a war, campaign or battle;
  • Was made and officially listed as captive by the enemy during the service mentioned above; and
  • Was honorably discharged from the military service.

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Oklahoma Veterans Homes: Oklahoma is among the top two states in the number of Veterans Centers providing intermediate to skilled nursing care and domiciliary care for its wartime Veterans. Professional personnel provide diversified health services for every facet of complete health care in the Veterans Centers. These health services include but are not limited to laboratory, x-ray, pharmaceutical, dietary, social, and recreational. The Veterans Centers operate much like private communities, situated on spacious, landscaped acreage. State Veterans Centers include:

Eligibility: Veteran must have served in the active Armed Forces of the United States during wartime and discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

  1. Wartime dates are:
    • WWII from 12/7/41 to 12/31/46
    • Korean Conflict from 6/27/50 to 1/31/55
    • Vietnam Era from 8/5/64 to 5/7/75 (2/28/61 for Veterans who served " in country" before 8/5/64)
    • Persian Gulf War from 08/02/90 through future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation.
  2. Veterans must have served at least ninety (90) days, except where discharged due to or as a result of a service connected disability, with one or more days being during a wartime period as prescribed in Item (1) above. (Oklahoma Statutes, Title 72.).
  3. A Veteran must be disabled by age, disease or other reason as determined through physical examination by an Oklahoma Veterans Center physician to be eligible for admission. For domiciliary, the Veteran must be ambulant, be able to dress, and perform necessary bathroom needs. For nursing care, the Veteran must be disabled or diseased to a degree that requires intermediate or skilled type nursing care.

Effective 06-01-2009 Veterans 70% or greater service connected will receive full cost of care at any Oklahoma Veterans Center.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Oklahoma:

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, 921 NE 13th St, 405-456-1000

VA Medical Center
Muskogee: Jack C. Montgomery VAMC, 1011 Honor Heights Dr, 918-577-3000

Outpatient Clinic
Tulsa: Tulsa Behavioral Medicine Service, 10159 E 11th St, 918-610-2000 / 866-398-5033

Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Ada: Ada CBOC, 301 N. Monte Vista, 580-436-2262
Altus: Altus CBOC, 201 South Park Ln, 580-482-9020
Ardmore: Ardmore CBOC, 2002 12th Ave NW, Suite E, 580-222-0400
Blackwell: Blackwell CBOC, 1009 W. Ferguson Ave, 580-363-0052
Enid: Enid CBOC, 915 E Owen K. Garriott, Suite G, 580-242-5100
Ft Sill: Lawton/Ft Sill CBOC, 4303 Pittman and Thomas, Bldg 4303, 580-585-5600
Hartshorne: Hartshorne VA Outpatient Clinic, 1429 Pennsylvania Ave, 888-878-1598 / Fax: 918-297-2563
Jay: Jay CBOC, 1569 N Main St, 918-253-1900
Muskogee: Jack C. Montgomery East, 2414 E Shawnee Bypass, 918-577-3699
Oklahoma City: North May CBOC, 2915 Pine Ridge Rd, 405-752-6500
Stillwater: Stillwater CBOC, 320 N. Perkins Ave, 405-707-8100
Tulsa: Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic , 9322 East 41st St, 918-628-2500 / Fax: 918-628-2585
Vinita: Vinita Outpatient Clinic , 269 S 7th St, 918-713-5400 / Fax: 918-713-5490

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Lawton: Lawton Vet Center, 1016 SW C Ave, Suite B, 580-585-5880 / Fax: 580-585-5890
Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Vet Center, 1024 NW 47th St. Suite B, 405-456-5184 / Fax: 405-521-1794
Tulsa: Tulsa Vet Center, 14002 E. 21st St, 918-628-2760 / Fax: 918-439-7424

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Office
Muskogee: Muskogee Regional Office, 125 South Main St, 800-827-1000

Intake Site
Altus AFB: Altus Air Force Base, Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager
Enid: Vance Air Force Base, Airman & Family Readiness Support Center
Fort Sill: Fort Sill, VA BDD Office Bldg 4700, Suite 317, Mow-Way Rd
Fort Sill: Sheppard Air Force Base, Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager
Tinker AFB: Tinker Air Force Base, BDD Office/Tinker Clinic

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Elgin: Fort Sill National Cemetery, 2648 NE Jake Dunn Rd, 580-492-3200 / 3201 / Fax: 580-492-3208
Ft. Gibson: Fort Gibson National Cemetery, 1423 Cemetery Rd, 918-478-2334 / Fax: 918-478-2661

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Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
2311 N. Central
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-521-3684
Fax: 405-521-6533

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Military Installations in Oklahoma

Active Duty

Army

Fort Sill

McAlester Army Ammunition

Air Force

Altus AFB

Tinker AFB

Vance AFB

National Guard

Oklahoma Army National Guard

Oklahoma Air National Guard

137th Air Refueling Wing

138th Fighter Wing

Resources

http://www.ok.gov/odva/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=OK&dnum=ALL

http://www.ok.gov/tax/faqs.html#c410http://www.oklegislature.gov/

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#OKLAHOMA

http://www.ok.ngb.army.mil/

http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/license/information.htm

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/oklahoma.aspx

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=OK

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Document Review Date: 7 July 2015