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Summary of North Carolina Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of North Carolina offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
North Carolina Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans State Taxes Benefits?
North Carolina Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: If an individual had five years of creditable service as of August 12, 1989, all military retired pay is exempt from taxes. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, there are no deductions available for distributions from private retirement plans or government retirement plans that do not qualify as tax-exempt Bailey benefits.
As a result of the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Bailey v. State of North Carolina and the settlement subsequently reached in that case, North Carolina may not tax retirement benefits received by a retiree (or by a beneficiary of a retiree) from qualifying State, local, or federal retirement systems if the retiree was vested in the retirement system as of August 12, 1989. For most government retirement systems, a person is vested if the person had five or more years of creditable service in a qualifying State, local or federal retirement system as of August 12, 1989.
State of North Carolina, Individual Income Tax, Pass-Through Entities, and Withholding Bulletin Dec 2019
North Carolina State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:
You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975
You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975
You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:
Resulted directly from armed conflict
Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service
Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or
Was caused by an instrumentality of war.
You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).
All disability payments to Veterans by reason of service in the Armed Forces are not reportable as income for income taxation purposes.
North Carolina Tax Relief Fact Sheet
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) North Carolina State Tax Benefits: Dividends and all other proceeds except interest on dividends from G. I. insurance policies are exempt from income taxation.
North Carolina State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
North Carolina Tax Relief for Service Members and Certain Veterans: North Carolina offers the following tax benefits to Service members and eligible Veterans:
Cancellation of Certain Assessments and Abatement of Income Tax: Any assessment of income tax due prior to the time a person was inducted into the Armed Forces will be canceled and abated if the Service member was killed while a member of the Armed Forces or is receiving service-connected disability compensation. No interest is payable on refunds made under this section of the law.
Allowances for Service Members: Subsistence and quarters allowances, uniform and equipment allowances, and mustering-out payments are not taxable to the Service member as income. Mileage and per diem allowances for official travel and transportation are excludable from the Service member’s income except to the extent that they exceed the travel and transportation expenses.
Deductions for Service Members: Income tax deduction may be claimed for insignia, swords, aiguillettes, epaulets, campaign bars, cap devices, chinstraps, and the cost of altering uniforms necessitated by change in rank.
Education and Training Allowances: U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs payments made to Veterans enrolled in schools and training establishments under the GI Bill are exempt from income taxation.
Grants for Motor Vehicles: Grants by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight, or the use of their limbs are exempt from income taxation.
Grants for Specially Adapted Housing: Grants by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs to seriously disabled Veterans for homes designed for wheelchair livings are exempt from income taxation.
Gratuity Pay, Six-Months: The six-month gratuity pay to a beneficiary of a deceased Service member is exempt from income taxation.
Real Property Tax: This program excludes up to the first $45,000 of the appraised value of the permanent residence of an honorably discharged Veteran who has a total and permanent disability that is service-connected or who receives benefits for specially adapted housing under 38 U.S.C. 2101 . There is no age or income limitation for this program. This benefit is also available to the unmarried Surviving Spouse of an honorably discharged disabled Veteran. See G.S. 105-277.1C for the full text of the statute. Contact your local County Tax Office for applications.
Certain Vehicles: A motor vehicle owned by a disabled Veteran that is altered with special equipment to accommodate a service-connected disability. As used in this section, disabled Veteran means a person as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 101(2) who is entitled to special automotive equipment for a service-connected disability.
North Carolina Military Spouses Residency Relief Act: The North Carolina Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (the “Act”) prohibits North Carolina from taxing the income earned for services performed in North Carolina by a Spouse of a Service member stationed in North Carolina if:
The Service member is present in North Carolina solely in compliance with military orders
The Spouse is in North Carolina solely to be with the Service member; and
The Spouse is domiciled in the same state as the Service member.
All three conditions must be met to qualify for exemption. For tax years beginning January 1, 2018, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 amended the Service Members Civil Relief Act to allow the Spouse of a Service member to elect to use the same residence as the Service member for state tax purposes. A Spouse making this election will be considered to be domiciled in the same state as the Service member. Note that the first two conditions must also be met in order for the Spouse to qualify for the exemption.
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP): The North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP) provides tuition assistance for active members of the North Carolina Army or Air National Guard. Assistance for tuition to qualified members of the North Carolina National Guard is subject to the availability of funds and varies from semester to semester.
Who is eligible for the North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP)? In order to qualify for NCTAP funds, the Service member must be:
in good standing with your unit. CANNOT be flagged for any reason
attending a school approved to receive NCTAP funding. Please contact the NCNG Education Services Office to determine if your school meets these criteria.
meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for the approved institution of higher education
an active drilling member of the North Carolina Army or Air National Guard PRIOR to the start date of the term/course(s)
an active drilling member of the Army or Air National Guard and meeting the 2-year service obligation. You MUST have 2 years remaining on your contract with the North Carolina Army or Air National Guard at the END of the academic period for which the award will be applied.
attending an approved certificate or degree program at an approved institution of higher education approved by the Authority.
North Carolina In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Service Members: Active-duty members of the armed services are charged in-state tuition while abiding in North Carolina because of their active military duty in the state. This applies to reservists too. "Abiding" means living here, even without intent to make it one's permanent home. If subsequently reassigned outside North Carolina, the members continue to qualify for in-state tuition as long as they remain continuously enrolled in the program they were in prior to reassignment. A dependent relative who shares the abode of a member of the armed services who is in North Carolina on active duty also qualifies for in-state tuition.
North Carolina Scholarship for Children of War Time Veterans: The North Carolina Scholarship Program was created to show its appreciation for the services and sacrifices of its war Veterans. The scholarship program applies to North Carolina schools.
The scholarship is for eight academic semesters and the recipient has eight years to utilize the eight academic semesters. The Scholarship program has been established for the qualifying natural or an adopted Child (if adopted before the age of 15) Children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat, or POW/MIA Veterans. Applicant must be under the age of 25 at the time of application. The Veteran's qualifying criteria must have occurred during a period of war. At time of application, applicant must be domiciled and a resident of North Carolina. The deadline to apply is February 14. All paper applications are now obsolete and will be returned to sender. In addition:
Veteran parent was a legal resident of North Carolina at time of said Veteran's entrance into that period of service in the Armed Forces during which eligibility is established; or
The applicant is the natural Child or adopted Child (if adopted before the age of 15) of an eligible Veteran and the Child/adopted Child was born in North Carolina and has been a resident of North Carolina continuously since birth.
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. Scholarship Program (NCVVI): The NCVVI scholarship program was formed to grant scholarships for study at accredited institutions of learning in appreciation for the service and sacrifices of Vietnam Veterans to their country. The amount of a scholarship will range from $250 to $1,500.00 and can be used to pay expenses for any year of undergraduate study at any college, junior college, community college, or trade school.
Who is eligible for the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. Scholarship Program (NCVVI)? Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: Be a current resident of Wake, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Franklin, Nash, Chatham, or Granville counties in North Carolina; Have been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) for service in the Vietnam War; or Be a Spouse, Child, foster Child, adopted Child, grand-Child, etc. of a Vietnam Veteran (a recipient of the VSM)
North Carolina 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:
Nickolas (Nick) Sojka, Jr., Commissioner
Board Attorney, Cumberland County Board of Education
Address: P.O. Box 2357,
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Secondary Point of Contact
Doug Taggart, Program Coordinator
North Carolina Troops to Teachers
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Address: 6330 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC, 27699–6330
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
North Carolina State Employee Leave for Military Duty: North Carolina State employees are entitled up to 120 hours for military leave per Federal fiscal year.
Who is eligible for the North Carolina State Employee Leave for Military Duty? National Guard and Army Reserve Service members are eligible for military leave.
North Carolina Differential Pay for Military Duty: The State of North Carolina may pay differential pay to State employees, which is the difference in military basic pay (excluding housing, subsistence allowances, etc.) and State salary (excluding any special pay such as shift premium, etc.) when military pay is less.
Upon receipt of military Leave and Earnings Statement or similar document, the employee’s payroll office will calculate any amount due. If the documentation is not provided until the employee returns to work, the differential pay due will be determined at that time.
Additional State Pension for the members of the North Carolina National Guard: Every member and former member of the North Carolina National Guard who meets the requirements and receives, commencing at age 60, a pension from the state of North Carolina of one hundred five dollars ($105.00) per month for 20 years' creditable military service with an additional ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) per month for each additional year of such service; provided, however, that the total pension shall not exceed two hundred ten dollars ($210.00) per month. The requirements for a pension are that each member shall:
Have served and qualified for at least 20 years' creditable military service, including National Guard, reserve and active duty, under the same requirement specified for entitlement to retired pay for non-regular service under Chapter 67, Title 10, United States Code
Have at least 15 years of the aforementioned service as a member of the North Carolina National Guard
Have received an honorable discharge from the North Carolina National Guard.
North Carolina State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: State law requires that employment preference be given for having served in the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty (for reasons other than training) during periods of war or any other campaign, expedition, or engagement for which a campaign badge or medal is authorized by the United States Department of Defense.
The preference to be accorded eligible Veterans shall apply in initial employment, subsequent employment, promotions, reassignments, horizontal transfers and reduction-in-force situations.
Who is eligible for North Carolina State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? State Government employment preference is granted to Veterans that were discharged under other than dishonorable condition, their Surviving Spouses, or the Spouses of disabled Veterans.
"Eligible Veteran" means:
A Veteran who served during a period of war; or
The Spouse of a disabled Veteran; or the Surviving Spouse or dependent of a Veteran who died on active duty during a period of war either directly or indirectly as a result of such service; or
A Veteran who suffered a disabling injury for service-related reasons during peacetime; or
The Spouse of a Veteran who suffered a disabling injury for service-related reasons during peacetime; or
The Surviving Spouse or dependent of a person who died for service-related reasons during peacetime.
To claim Veterans’ preference, eligible Veterans must meet the minimum training and experience requirements for the position and must be capable of performing the duties assigned to the position.
In evaluating qualifications, credit shall be given on a year for year, and month for month, basis, for all military service training and experience which bears a reasonable functional relationship to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.
In determining minimum education and experience, related civilian experience should be evaluated prior to evaluating related military experience to give the Veteran maximum credit for unrelated military service.
In initial employment, subsequent employment, promotion, reassignment, and horizontal transfer procedures, where numerically scored examinations are used in determining the relative ranking of candidates, ten (10) preference points shall be awarded to eligible Veterans.
Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war; or
During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouses) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
North Carolina Veterans Employment Assistance: The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions provides job seeker services for Veterans, transitioning Service members, and eligible Spouses.
Veterans can visit their NCWorks Career Center and take advantage of the following no-cost services:
Labor market information
Access to training opportunities, job fairs, and workshops
Job interview preparation
Resume and cover letter assistance
Assistance with NCWorks Online
Access to computers and free Internet service
Help applying for federal employment and training programs in which Veterans receive priority of service
Some Veterans face significant barriers that make it difficult for them to find suitable employment, especially Veterans who are transitioning into civilian life. Most offices have specialized staff-all of whom are Veterans-who work closely with employers to create more opportunities for Veterans and provide the following services to Veterans themselves:
Help developing an employability plan and goals
Coaching in individual and group settings
Referrals to supportive services, including vocational rehabilitation, transportation, elder care, food and nutrition services, and non-profit organizations that address homelessness
The following criteria are considered significant barriers to employment:
Unemployed for at least 27 weeks
Criminal background (released within the last 12 months)
No high school diploma or GED
Between 18-24 years old
NCWorks Online: The state's official job-search website, NCWorks Online gives Veterans access to job postings for 24 hours before they are made available to the general public. The system provides information on training opportunities, local services, and other resources available to Veterans. Employers can also search exclusively for candidates who are Veterans.
NCWorks Apprenticeship: Veterans participating in NCWorks Apprenticeships can continue to draw benefits from the GI Bill, even though they are employed as part of an apprenticeship. Apprentices train for an industry by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants are paid for their work, and their wages will increase as they progress in the program.
North Carolina Governor's Working Group on Veterans, Service Members and Their Families: An intragovernmental Working Group focused on job creation, workforce enrichment, health and wellness, legal and financial services and benefits for Veterans. The Working Group is charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination among ALL Federal, state and local agency partners that touch a Veteran's life in the state of North Carolina. In short, the "Working Group" is making government work for North Carolina Vets.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Benefits? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?
North Carolina Unemployment Compensation: North Carolina's Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security administers the Unemployment Insurance, providing temporary assistance to unemployed North Carolina workers. All benefits and administrative costs of the unemployment insurance program are paid by employers through State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) payments. No money is withheld from workers' checks to pay for unemployment benefits.
Who is eligible for North Carolina Unemployment Compensation? The unemployment insurance program in North Carolina is part of a national system designed to provide temporary economic benefits to eligible workers.
Eligible workers are individuals who:
lost their jobs through no fault of their own
worked during a specified time period and received a minimum amount of wages during that time period
are able and available for work, and
are actively seeking new employment.
Applicants should have the following important information before they begin:
Your Social Security Number
Details from your most recent employer about separation, vacation or severance pay you received, will receive, or are entitled to receive
Details regarding any retirement pay (gross monthly amount of pay along with proof)
Your bank routing number and account number if you would like unemployment payments directly deposited into your bank account. If you do not select direct deposit, payment will be placed on a DES issued debit card.
Your work history for the past two years (employer name as it appears on your check stub, employer's payroll and physical addresses, telephone number, employment dates, rate of pay and reason for separation from each employer).
Your Alien number and expiration date from your Employment Authorization Document
Former Federal Employees:
Your SF-50 form, SF-8 form, pay stub(s) or W-2 (if you worked in federal employment within the past two years). If this information is unavailable, you may provide it later. Please proceed in filing your claim.
Former Military Personnel:
Your DD214. If your DD214 is unavailable, you may provide it later. Please proceed in filing your claim.
Claims may be filed online at the North Carolina Division of Employment Services, Online Unemployment Insurance Portal. For any questions about filing a claim for unemployment benefits or to inquire about an existing claim application, please contact the customer call center at 888-737-0259.
North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) Unemployment Insurance Help Webpage
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Division of Motor Vehicles Benefits?
'VETERAN' Driver License and ID Card Designation: North Carolina military Veterans can apply to carry a "VETERAN" designation on their driver licenses and ID cards as proof of prior military service.
The designation is free, but fees associated with renewing or ordering a duplicate license or ID do apply.
To request the designation, take one of the following proofs of honorable discharge to an North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office:
DD214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge
DD215 - Certificate of Release or Discharge
WD AGO 53/55 - Report of Separation
NAVMC 78-PD - Notice of Separation
NAVPERS - Separation of Service
North Carolina Special Military and Veterans License Plates: ( NC G.S. 20 79.4 ) The State of North Carolina offers 35 distinctive license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retirees, and certain Family members. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.
Specialty license plates are made in limited production runs and subject to availability, specialty plates may be ordered online from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles online portal, by downloading the application from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Online forms library or at any North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License Plate Agency. All requests for Military and Veterans Specialty License Plates must initially be endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in order to ensure eligibility criteria are met.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License Plate Agency Directory
North Carolina Medal of Honor Recipient License Plate: Issuable to a recipient of the Medal of Honor. The plate shall bear the emblem of the Medal of Honor and the words "Medal of Honor". There is no plate fee, but there is a $30 fee if personalized. To be eligible the applicant must provide documentation that the medal was awarded.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Military/ Veterans Registration Plate Application Form MVR33A
North Carolina Disabled Veteran License Plate: Issuable to a Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who suffered a 100% service-connected disability. There is no plate fee, but there is a $30 fee if personalized. This plate is not available for online purchase.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Military/ Veterans Registration Plate Application Form MVR33A
North Carolina Partially Disabled Veteran License Plate: Issuable to a Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who suffered a service-connected disability of less than 100%. There is no plate fee, but there is a $30 fee if personalized. To be eligible the applicant must provide documentation that they have been awarded a service-connected disability rating less than 100% from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This plate is not available for online purchase.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Military/ Veterans Registration Plate Application Form MVR33A
North Carolina Purple Heart License Plate (Auto or Motorcycle): Issuable to a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. The plate shall bear the emblem of the Purple Heart and the words "Purple Heart Veteran, Combat Wounded". There is no plate fee, but there is a $30 fee if personalized. To be eligible the applicant must provide documentation that the medal was awarded. This plate is not available for online purchase. Ensure to indicate in the appropriate box on the application whether this is for an auto or for a motorcycle.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Military/ Veterans Registration Plate Application Form MVR33A
North Carolina Gold Star Lapel Button License Plate: Issuable to a Family member of a Service members who lost their lives while serving in war; periods of armed hostilities; while engaged in military operations involving armed conflict with an opposing foreign force; while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party against an opposing armed force; who lost their lives as a result of an international terrorist attack; or while serving in a military operation outside the U.S. as part of a peacekeeping force. These plates are issuable to the Surviving Spouse, to each of the parents, each Child, stepchild, Child through adoption, brother, half-brother, sister, and half-sister of a Service member who lost their life in circumstances listed above. There is no plate fee, but there is a $30 fee if personalized. This plate is not available for online purchase.
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Military/ Veterans Registration Plate Application Form MVR33A
Gold Star Lapel Button Fact Sheet
North Carolina North Carolina Driver's License Renewal for Military Service Members and Dependents: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces – as well as their Family members – may renew their North Carolina driver license before being deployed using the military designation.
A driver license with a military designation that has been issued to active-duty military personnel may be renewed up to one year prior to the license's expiration date. Military or Department of Defense documents must be provided.
Military personnel, their Spouses and dependents who are temporarily residing out-of-state may renew their standard license by mail no more than once in their lifetime. A license renewed under these conditions will expire 60 days after the license holder returns to North Carolina.
The original renewal application with check or money order can be mailed to:
3176 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697-3176
Requirements: A driver license applicant must meet the following requirements:
They have military orders placing them on active duty outside North Carolina
Their Class C North Carolina driver license has not expired or has been expired less than two years and a day
They have on file with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles a photo that was issued within the last eight years
They have on file with NCDMV a Social Security number or a U.S. government-issued document indicating legal presence
They have a permanent verifiable residential address or address of a host Family in North Carolina
Individuals must provide a copy of a valid military id (front and back), sign and date both a provided vision statement and a National Sex Offender Affidavit to renew by mail.
Restrictions: A driver license with a military designation may be renewed no more than two times during the license holder’s lifetime.
A dependent holding a full provisional driver license can upgrade to a Class C driver license if their license has been expired for less than a year and they are 18 years old. They will need to meet the issuance requirements and complete the application.
North Carolina Disabled Veteran Handicapped Parking Privileges: Disabled Veterans issued a registration plate are entitled to park in spaces designated for the handicapped and unlimited parking time in most parking zones having time restrictions.
North Carolina Military Commercial Driver License Waivers: The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) may waive the commercial driver license skills test and the knowledge test for eligible military personnel. This program is for those Service members who are currently licensed when they apply and meet program requirements for the skills test or the knowledge and skills test.
Military personnel must sign a Certification for Waiver of CDL Skills Test or a Certification for Waiver of CDL Knowledge and Skills Test upon application. Service members who currently possess a specialty license or rating are eligible for this waiver.
NCDMV’s Commercial Driver Unit will notify the applicant by phone after their waiver has been processed. If approved, the applicant has 30 days from the date of contact to visit a NCDMV driver license office to be issued their commercial driver license.
Questions about the commercial driver license skills waiver process for military personnel should be directed to 919-861-3319.
State of North Carolina, Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, Certification for Waiver of CDL Skills Test
State of North Carolina, Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, Certification for Waiver of CDL Knowledge & Skills Test
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) Directory
North Carolina Motorcycle Endorsements for Military Personnel Stationed Out of State: Military personnel licensed in North Carolina but stationed outside the state can add or renew a motorcycle endorsement if they have a photo on file that was issued within the last eight years.
In addition to completing a North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycle Endorsement Request Application for Military Personnel Stationed Abroad, they must submit to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles a copy of their:
Valid North Carolina driver license
Military ID card
Motorcycle Safety Foundation card (both front and back) along with written verification of its authenticity from a military safety officer
If the written examination and skills test are unavailable, NCDMV may accept a Motorcycle Rider Card. Written verification of its authenticity from a military safety officer is required.
Documents can be submitted via email at email@example.com or fax to 919-861-3393.
Note: Renewing a North Carolina driver license or ID card will cancel any licenses or ID cards from other states through the State-to-State Verification program.
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?
North Carolina National Guard Medical Insurance Benefits: Members of the National Guard, and certain dependents, who are not eligible for any other type of comprehensive group health insurance or other comprehensive group health benefits, and who have been without any form of group health insurance or other comprehensive group health benefit coverage for at least six consecutive months, have the opportunity to participate in the benefits provided by the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees. Coverage shall be voluntary for members of the National Guard who elect participation in the plan for themselves and their eligible dependents.
North Carolina National Guard Service Member Covered under Worker’s Compensation Laws for Injury / Death on State Active Duty: Provided for while on State Active Duty.
Who is eligible for North Carolina National Guard Service Member Covered under Worker’s Compensation Laws for Injury / Death on State Active Duty? North Carolina National Guard Service member on state ordered active duty are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act. ( Chapter 97 NC Statutes )
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
Not on active duty orders
Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.
The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (TSGLI)
Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Parks & Recreation Benefits?
North Carolina Lifetime Disabled Veteran Inland Fishing (Basic) License: Statewide inland fishing for residents who are 50% or more disabled Veterans for a $11 fee. Includes fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.
North Carolina Lifetime Disabled Veteran Coastal Recreational Fishing License: Authorizes fishing in coastal and joint waters for residents who are 50% or more disabled Veterans for a $11 fee. It does not authorize fishing in inland waters.
North Carolina Lifetime Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting and Inland Fishing License: The Disabled Veteran Combination Hunting and Inland Fishing License offers statewide hunting and inland fishing for residents who are 50 percent or more disabled Veterans as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a $11 fee. Includes fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. This license also includes hunting on game lands. It does not include big game hunting, the state waterfowl privilege, the federal duck stamp or fishing in coastal waters.
North Carolina Lifetime Disabled Veteran Sportsman Hunting and Inland Fishing License: The Disabled Veteran Sportsman License offers Statewide hunting and inland fishing for residents who are 50 percent or more disabled as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs for $106. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include the bear management e-stamp or federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters. It does not include fishing in coastal waters.
North Carolina Lifetime Disabled Veteran Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License: The Disabled Veteran Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License offers statewide hunting, inland and coastal recreational fishing for residents who are 50 percent or more disabled Veterans as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a $117 fee. Includes hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl (does not include the bear management e-stamp or federal duck stamp), fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands, and fishing in joint waters.
North Carolina Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Service Members and their Dependents at Resident Rates: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in North Carolina, their Spouses and their dependents under age 18 residing with them, are deemed residents of North Carolina for the purpose of purchasing licenses issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty outside the State of North Carolina shall be deemed an individual resident of the State for the purpose of purchasing short-term and annual hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
What are my North Carolina Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?
North Carolina Veterans Guardianship Act: State law provides for the appointment and supervision of guardians for incompetent Veterans, incompetent dependents of Veterans, and minor dependents of members of the Armed Forces or Veterans in certain circumstances, to manage U.S. funds payable to such persons.
North Carolina Veterans Discharge Records: The Register of Deeds of any North Carolina county is required to record, free of charge, all official discharges from the Armed Forces offered for registration. Free certified copies of discharges so recorded may be obtained by members or former members of the Armed Forces and by representatives of the N. C. Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) upon application.
Certified Copies of North Carolina Veterans Public Records: A certified copy of any public record required by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) or the NCDVA for use in determining the eligibility of any person to participate in benefits made available by the USDVA shall be provided without charge by the official responsible for the custody of the public record. The document shall be issued to the applicant for such benefits or any person acting on their behalf or the representative of the USDVA or the NCDVA.
Retirement Credit for Military Service in State and Participating Local Government Employee Retirement Systems: You may receive retirement credit for up to five years of qualifying military service at no cost if you were an eligible Local Government Employee Retirement System (LGERS) member when you entered active duty, and:
You returned to employment for 10 or more years with the same LGERS employer after discharge from the military, or
You returned to LGERS membership service within the time limit mandated by federal law for reporting back to work and meet all the following requirements:
You did not provide written notice of intent not to return to work after military service
You are not eligible for benefits from any other retirement plan based on this service
You purchased your LGERS withdrawn service credit, if any
Your LGERS employer is required to pay the employer and employee contributions to LGERS for the full period of your military service under the above provisions if you return to work within two years after your earliest military discharge date.
If you are ineligible for free credit under these rules, you may be eligible to buy credit for your first period plus later required periods of active duty by making a lump-sum payment.
North Carolina Absentee Registration and Voting: Active duty military members, their dependents, and U.S. citizens living abroad may request a mail-in absentee ballot the same way as other registered voters. They may also apply to register and vote through special programs for military and overseas voters.
The two special ways to register and vote for military and overseas voters are the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) and the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The advantage of the FPCA is that the voter receives a full local ballot that includes all ballot choices, including local contest and ballot items. Meanwhile, the FWAB is a simpler option if the voter's primary objective is to vote in prominent federal contests, such as the race for U.S. President. However, a voter may vote for all contests (federal, state and local) for which they are eligible, but the voter must obtain information for local contests and ballot items in order to write in a choice for those items.
A military-overseas voter need only apply for an absentee ballot by one method; either the FPAC or the FWAB, but not both. Generally speaking, the FWAB serves as a backup to the FPCA. For most voters the FPCA is the best option.
North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund Grants: The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund (SAAF) is a patriotic organization established in 2004. Its mission is to protect the well-being of North Carolina Army and Air Guard Families. It is a non-political, 501(C) (3) non-profit charitable organization, providing assistance to Families when no other resources are available. Grants are provided for food, shelter, utilities, medical emergencies, wounded warriors, gift cards and education. The SAAF accepts applications and awards grants without regard to race, sex, religion, age or national origin in accordance with its Bylaws.
If you need help, contact your chain of command, nearest Family Assistance Center, or the SAAF office.
Who is eligible for North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund Grants? Any current member of the North Carolina Army or Air National Guard. If the member is deployed, their Spouse is eligible to request assistance through Family Program representatives. The member must be in good standing with no AWOLs or unsatisfactory performances, no current debt to the military or the government and must have completed basic training.
Point of Contact for the SAAF
Dennis Roach, Executive Director
Phone: 919-851-3390, extension 3
Toll-free in NC: 800-621-6159, extension 3
North Carolina Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund Webpage
North Carolina Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Facebook Page
North Carolina National Guard Family Assistance Center Contact Page
North Carolina State Veterans Homes: The State of North Carolina is proud to offer four full-service, skilled nursing facilities for Veterans. A 150 bed facility in Fayetteville, a 99 bed facility in Salisbury, a 100 bed facility in Kinston, and a 100 bed facility at Black Mountain.
Their Primary mission is to provide high quality nursing care to Veterans, which will improve their quality of life. At the North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Homes, we know how to meet the special needs of Veterans. Dedicated to excellence, their highly skilled professional staff provides exceptional care and activities to enrich individuals.
Each facility provides:
Comfort and security, encourages independence, meets individual needs, and emphasizes personal choice
Comfortable, spacious accommodations in an attractive environment
Care provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants under the direction of licensed physicians
Registered dietician on staff
Experienced social workers assist Veterans and Families
Veterans Service Officer to assist Veterans and Families in applying for VA Benefits
Licensed by the State of North Carolina and Medicare/Medicaid. Accepts commercial insurance and private pay approved.
Complete team of therapists provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy within the facility
Specially designed therapeutic recreational programs directed by activity personnel
Full range of in-house activities, community outings, and programs involving local volunteer groups
Special programs throughout the year honoring Veterans
Hospital care provided by either the VA Medical Centers or local hospitals.
Who is eligible for care at the North Carolina State Veterans Homes? All qualified North Carolina Veterans. The rate of payment is based on the actual cost of care and the individual's ability to pay using available resources.
To be eligible, a Veteran must:
Have served in the Armed Forces for other than training purposes
Have been discharged under honorable conditions from the United States Armed Forces
Have resided in the State of North Carolina 24 months prior to be date of application
Be referred by a licensed physician and be in need of skilled nursing care
Be disabled by reason of age, disease, or other reasons determined through a physical exam. The facilities must be able to meet the need of the Veteran.
North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Program: North Carolina has four state Veterans cemeteries. They are the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain (Buncombe County), Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville (Onslow County), Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery, Spring Lake (Cumberland County) and Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Goldsboro (Wayne County).
A free burial plot is provided at a North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery for eligible North Carolina Veterans and their legal Spouse (and dependents under certain conditions). Veterans must be discharged under honorable conditions and meet certain residency requirements.
There is no charge for burial of a qualified Veteran at any state Veterans cemetery. There is a burial fee for the interment of a Spouse or dependent(s)
A concrete vault or liner is required for a casket burial. (Exception: Eastern Carolina has pre-installed crypts/Vaults are not permitted) Payment for the vault or liner is the responsibility of the Veteran or their Family. A vault or liner is not required for a cremation.
All funeral expenses are the responsibility of the Veteran, Family, or their estate. The state Veterans cemeteries provide a burial plot, opening and closing of the grave, a grave marker and installation, and perpetual care at no cost to the Veteran.
There are no graveside services. Services are held at a committal shelter or chapel on site.
Caskets cannot be opened for viewing at the state Veterans cemeteries. Viewings must be done at the funeral homes or locations other than the Veterans cemeteries.
Burial services are conducted Monday through Friday at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
State Veterans Cemeteries do not conduct burial services on Saturdays, Sundays, or on State or Federal holidays
Who is eligible for burial in a North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery?
A Qualified Veteran:
Any former member of the U. S. Armed Forces whose service on active duty, other than for training, was terminated under honorable conditions
A Veteran who is entitled to retired pay for non-regular service (i.e. service in the Reserve Components or Army or Air National Guard) or a Veteran who would have been entitled to retired pay for non-regular service, but for the fact that the person was under 60 years of age
North Carolina Resident:
Only those Veterans who are legal residents of North Carolina
at the time of death
for a period of at least 10 years, or
at the time the Veteran entered the Armed Forces of the United States are eligible for interment
The Spouse, Surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran or a minor Child who is unmarried and dependent on the qualified Veteran at the time of death. For purposes of definition, a "minor Child" includes a Child under 21 years of age or under 23 years of age if pursuing a course of instruction at an educational institution approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, an unmarried adult Child of a qualified Veteran who became permanently incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability before attaining the age of 18 years is also eligible.
Proof of Eligibility: Documentary evidence is required to provide proof and substantiate military service, residence, marriage and Children as well as dependency disability. It is the responsibility of the Veteran, his survivors, or legal representative to furnish any evidence necessary to establish the eligibility of the Veteran or the Family member before interment in a North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery can be approved and accomplished.
Proof of Military Service: The primary document used to verify honorable military service is the DD214. The DD214 is more commonly called a discharge or "Report of Separation from Active Duty". Other forms of proof may be acceptable pending verification. Veterans who are unable to locate their DD214 should contact the local Veteran's office or the nearest state Veterans service office for assistance in obtaining a replacement copy.
North Carolina Residency: Verification of residence at time of entry into military service is documented on the DD214. North Carolina tax records, voter registration, personal income tax or property tax, employment or educational records, official records from U. S. government, state, or municipal agencies can verify residence at time of death and 10-year residency.
Dependents: The primary source for verification of a Spouse is a marriage certificate. Dependent Children may be verified by a birth certificate or other legal documents, such as, adoption papers.
Proof of Disability of an Adult Dependent: A letter is required from the dependent's physician certifying the dependent became permanently incapable of self-support because of a physical or mental disability before attaining the age of 18 years. Medical records and other documents will be considered only as supporting or corroborating documents.
North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Eligibility Guide
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in North Carolina
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in North Carolina: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in North Carolina: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in North Carolina. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Military Installations and Veterans Affairs Facilities in North Carolina
Please see the North Carolina Military Resource Locator for additional information
Fort Bragg, NC
North Carolina National Guard