Missouri Military and Veterans Benefits
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Summary of Missouri Military and Veterans Benefits: Missouri offers special benefits for its Service members, Veterans and their Families including military retired pay and property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, special military license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
Missouri Veterans Commission , Veterans Service Officers: The Missouri Veterans Commission has trained Veterans Service Officers that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans’ benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Missouri Veterans Commission, Veterans Service Officer Directory
Missouri State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?
Missouri Combat Pay Tax Exclusion: Combat pay is not taxed in Missouri.
Missouri Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: All military pensions can be deducted from Missouri adjusted gross income.
Missouri Active Duty Military Income Tax Exemption: Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces can deduct their military pay from their Missouri adjusted gross income. The Service member’s military pay must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income to be eligible for the deduction. Missouri Revised Statues X-143.174
Missouri Reserve Component Military Income Tax Deduction: Missouri is phasing in a complete deduction of military pay received by reserve component Service members.
Military income will be deducted as follows:
2020 tax year, 20% of military income
2021 tax year, 40% of military income
2022 tax year, 60% of military income
2023 tax year, 80% of military income
2024 tax year and after, 100% deduction.
To be eligible for this deduction the Service member’s military pay must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income.
Nonresident Spouses of Military Service Members are Exempt from Missouri Income Tax: If the Spouse of a Service member is in Missouri because the Service member is stationed in Missouri on military orders, and their state of residence is another state, any income earned is not taxable by Missouri.
Missouri Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families
Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living
Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or
Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.
See IRS Publication 525 for more information.
Missouri State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): 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-connected injury or disease.
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Missouri State Tax Benefits: All military pensions can be deducted from Missouri adjusted gross income.
Missouri Property Tax Exemption for Total Service-Connected Disabled Prisoners of War: Missouri residents that are former prisoners of war or have a 100% total service-connected disability are eligible for a complete property tax exemption on their homestead.
Missouri Personal Property Tax Credit for Senior Citizens and 100% Disabled: The Missouri Property Tax Credit gives credit to eligible senior citizens and residents that are 100% disabled as a result of military service for a portion of the real estate taxes or rent paid for the year. The credit is for up to a maximum of $750 for renters and up to $1,100 for homeowners.
The income limits for this benefit are:
Renters and Part Year Owners - $27,000 or less for single filers, $29,500 or less for married filing combined
Owned and Occupied Home for the Entire Year - $30,000 or less for single filers, $34,000 or less for married filing combined.
Renters that rent from a tax free facility are not eligible.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Property Tax Credit Qualification Chart
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Education Benefits?
Missouri Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program: This educational grant is provided annually to Children and Spouses of Veterans whose death or injuries were a result of combat.
The total number of Veterans that may receive a grant each year is limited to 25. Students are eligible until they earn a bachelor’s degree. The Veteran must have been a Missouri resident when first entering military service or at the time of death or injury.
Grant amount will be for the actual educational cost up to the following amounts whichever is less:
Resident tuition charged at the University of Missouri, Columbia
$2,000 per semester for room and board
$500 for books.
Who is eligible for the Missouri Wartime Veteran's Survivors Grant Program? The Veteran must have been a Service member in an active or reserve component that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001, and served during a period of armed conflict. The Veteran must have received combat pay tax exclusion exemption, hazardous duty pay, imminent danger pay, or hostile fire pay to be eligible.
Veterans must also meet the following requirements:
Died or was injured as a result of combat
Death or injury (certified by the VA) is the result of an illness or injury that occurred while serving in combat
Has an 80% service-connected disability rating from the VA that is the result of service in combat.
The Veteran’s Spouse and Children must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the U.S.
Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time in a participating college or university
Under 25 years old for Children (through the end of the semester in which they turn 25)
Dependent of the Veteran at the time of death or injury or within five years after the injury.
Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements as defined by the school to continue receiving grants. Students can apply at the Missouri State Financial Aid Portal .
Missouri Department of Higher Education Participating Institutions List
Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STA): STA provides tuition assistance to eligible National Guard Service members pursuing an undergraduate degree or below. STA can be used for up to 39 semester hours per state fiscal year (1 July – 30 June) up to the tuition rate charged at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Service members must use federal tuition assistance before STA. Service members are authorized to take 15 credits in the spring and fall semesters and up to 9 credit hours during a summer session with a lifetime limit of 150 undergraduate credit hours.
Who is eligible for the Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program? To be eligible students must be currently serving Missouri National Guard Service members in good standing (not flagged for adverse action) and meet the following requirements:
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Enrolled, or has been accepted for enrollment, as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in an approved private or public institution
Never been convicted in any court of an offense which involved the use of force, disruption or seizure of property under the control of any institution of higher education to prevent officials or students in such institutions from engaging in their duties or pursuing their studies
May not be used for theology or divinity degrees
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Service members can apply up to 60 days prior to the class start date, but no later than the day prior to the class start date, applications must be submitted for each semester.
Missouri Army National Guard Service members can submit their applications and any required supporting documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below:
The Adjutant General of Missouri
ATTN: NGMO-PER-INC (State TA)
2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101-120
For more information contact the Missouri Army National Guard Education Services Office at 573-638-9500 extension 37689.
Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Application and Statement of Understanding
Missouri National Guard State Tuition Assistance Fact Sheet
Missouri Returning Heroes Act: The Missouri Returning Heroes Education Act requires Missouri public postsecondary educational institutions to only charge $50 per credit hour for combat Veterans
Who is eligible for the Missouri Returning Heroes Act? To be eligible for assistance Veterans must meet the following requirements:
Veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces in an area designated as a combat zone after September 11, 2001, for at least 30 days
Missouri resident at time of entrance into the military
Received an honorable discharge
Enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program.
To be eligible for renewal Veterans must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester. Interested Veterans should contact their educational institution’s financial aid office.
Combat Zones Designated by the U.S. Department of Defense
Missouri Department of Higher Education List of Public Institution for Higher Education
Missouri Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the prompt 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 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
Phone: 573-842-2097 / 573-751-7601
Missouri Purple Star School Designation for Military-Friendly Schools: The Missouri Purple Star School designation recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.
For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program
Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Missouri will award honorary high school diplomas to Veterans that left school prior to graduation to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of war. Diplomas may be issued for public or private schools and even for schools that no longer exist.
Who is eligible for Missouri “Operation Recognition” Honorary Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Honorary diplomas may be issued to current and former resident Veterans that received an honorable discharge and never completed their high school education.
Applicants must submit a completed application and provide a copy of their DD214 or discharge paperwork as proof of receiving an honorable discharge to the Missouri Veterans Commission (forwarding instructions are on the application). Family members may apply for the honorary diploma on behalf of a deceased Veteran. For more information, please call 573-751-3779.
Missouri Veteran's Commission Application for Honorary High School Diplomas for Missouri Veterans and Civilian Prisoners of War
Missouri Residency for Education Purposes for Service Members, Veterans and Family Members: Missouri offers a number residency for education purposes benefits for Service members, Veterans and Family members.
Exemption from Proof of Residency for Students: Students that move to live with extended Family or in a military Family support community because one or both of their parents are under state or federal active duty orders may attend school in the school district where they are staying. If their parent’s active duty orders end during the school year, the Child may finish the school year in that district.
In-State Tuition Eligibility for Discharged Service Members: Honorably discharged Veterans that recently separated from the U.S. Armed Forces who move to and declare intent to become a Missouri resident are considered Missouri residents for admission and tuition purposes at public four-year and two-year institutions of higher education. If attending a community college Veterans must live the taxing district of the community college, they are attending.
In-State Tuition Eligibility for National Guard Service Members: Current members of the Missouri National Guard and the Reserves receive in-state residency status for tuition purposes at any public four-year institution of higher education, or in-district residency status for any two-year public institution.
Military Dependent Residency: The dependent of a nonresident active duty Service member assigned to a duty station in Missouri is eligible for in-state tuition if the student is continuously enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Employment Benefits?
Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty: State employees who are members of the National Guard or the Reserves are authorized a leave of absence with pay for 120 work hours per fiscal year for required military duty without reduction of pay, benefits or performance appraisals.
Permanent state employees can be granted a leave of absence without pay for the following military duty:
Involuntarily inducted into U.S. Armed Forces
Reserve component Service member called to active duty
Voluntarily enters the U.S. Armed Forces for up to five years
Service members subject to an involuntary extension
to attend required active and inactive duty training
To attend basic training.
Who is eligible for Missouri State Employees Leave for Military Duty? Missouri National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for military leave.
Military Experience Allowed for Missouri Professional License Qualifications: All professional licensing boards or commissions in Missouri are required to accept applicable military education, training, or experience toward the qualification requirements for professional licenses or certifications.
Missouri Professional License Extensions due to Military Service: Reserve component Service members that hold a Missouri professional license or certification that are ordered to active duty are not required to attend continuing education or training during their active duty service. After returning from active duty, they will not have to make up or retake any training or education missed during that time.
Missouri Professional Licenses for Nonresident Military Spouses: Missouri State agencies or boards that regulate occupations or professions will issue temporary courtesy licenses to the qualified nonresident Spouse of an active duty Service member that is reassigned to a duty station in Missouri.
In addition, all professional licensing boards and commissions are required to give military Spouses priority when processing applications.
For more information and qualification requirements for specific professions please contact:
Missouri Division of Professional Registration
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
Health-Related Professional License Renewal While on Active Duty: The Missouri health-related professional license or certificate of a reserve component Service member that is called to active duty, will remain active and in good standing until six months after their release from active duty.
Missouri Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists: The Division of Workforce Development has staff throughout the state to specifically assist Veterans. LVERs facilitate or help in job placement, accessing needed services, and advocate for Veterans by developing employment opportunities. DVOP specialists provide case management and develop career and job training opportunities for Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Some of the services provided are:
Counseling and case management
Transition assistance to separating Service members
Employment and training opportunities and direct referrals to jobs
Monitor job listings and ensure Veterans get priority referral for jobs
Help ensure businesses follow Veterans’ preference regulations.
For more information or assistance please call a Missouri Job Center at 888-728-5627.
Missouri Job Center Directory
Missouri Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: Missouri offers Veteran’s preference points for eligible applicants for Missouri State employment.
Who is eligible for Missouri Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences? Veterans Preference points are not cumulative and only 5 or 10 points total are allowed. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
5 Point eligibility:
Served on active duty for at least six consecutive months (unless released early due to a service-connected disability or a reduction in force) and received an honorable discharge
Called to active duty and participated in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge or service medal has been authorized and received an honorable discharge
Served for at least six years in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
Spouse of an honorably discharged disabled Veteran who is unqualified for state employment due to a service-connected disability.
Unremarried Surviving Spouse of an honorably discharged disabled Veteran
Unmarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member killed while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
Missouri National Guard Service member killed while on state active duty.
10 Point eligibility: Veteran that receives compensation from the VA for a service-connected disability, or a Missouri National Guard Veteran who was permanently disabled while serving on state active duty.
Missouri Application for Employment
Missouri Private Employers May Grant Veterans Hiring Preference: Missouri private employers are authorized to have a Veterans’ preference policy for hiring and promotion of any Veteran, Spouse of a disabled Veteran who has a service-connected permanent and total disability, or to a Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran.
Missouri Priority of Service for Veterans Employment and Training Programs: State agencies, which administer federally funded employment and training programs for Veterans, are required to give priority to qualified Veterans and their Spouse.
Who is eligible for Priority of Service for Veterans Employment and Training Programs? For Veterans to be eligible they must have served at least one day on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge. Active duty for training does not count for this requirement.
The Spouse or unremarried Spouse of the following are also eligible:
Veteran who died of a service-connected disability
Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that is listed for 90 or more days as one of the following:
Missing in action
Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
Veteran who has a total service-connected disability rating from the VA
Veteran who died while a disability was in existence.
Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) Service Credit for Veterans: MOSERS members who are Veterans or Service members that are deployed can purchase up to four years of active duty military service credit. This includes active duty for training.
When purchasing military service credit, the MOSERS member must purchase all the time they served (total months and days) up to a maximum of four years.
In addition, state employees who are called to active duty can continue their life insurance coverage and long-term disability coverage for one year if they continue to pay any required premiums.
Information for the various Missouri State Employees' retirement plans:
MSEP and MSEP 2000: For employees hired through December 31, 2010 General Employees' Retirement Handbook (MSEP and MSEP 2000)
MSEP 2011: For employees hired on or after January 1, 2011, General Employees' Retirement Handbook (MSEP 2011)
Missouri Show-Me Heroes On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program: Show-Me Heroes offers full time permanent OJT opportunities to eligible Veterans and their Spouses.
The Show-Me Heroes program reimburses 50% of the wages of workers hired through the program for up to 1,040 hours.
Show-Me Heroes maintains a list of all employers who have signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran and will help Veterans post their resume.
Who is eligible for the Missouri Show-Me Heroes OJT Program? Most Veterans who are honorably discharged and are within five years of their discharge date or Spouses of currently deployed or recently discharged eligible Veterans can participate.
For more information and to confirm eligibility contact the nearest Missouri Job Center or call 888-728-5627.
Show-Me Heroes Flyer
Missouri Office of Workforce Development, Veterans Services and Resources Website
Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 .
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects 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. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if 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 recovering 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, 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. 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% 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 USERRA Benefits? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Free Criminal Background Checks by the Missouri Highway Patrol for Homeless Veterans Employment: The Missouri Highway Patrol will provide free criminal background checks for honorably discharged homeless Veterans when they are seeking employment, housing, or any other service requiring a background check.
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
Missouri Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.
To be eligible for UI benefits, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Lose their job through no fault of your own or quit for good cause related to the work or the employer
Make enough during their base period to be eligible for UI.
Workers should file an unemployment claim as soon as they are separated from their employer using the UINTERACT, Missouri Online Unemployment System. For questions or assistance, please contact a Regional Claims Center representative, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Regional Claims Centers
Jefferson City - 573-751-9040
Kansas City - 816-889-3101
St. Louis - 314-340-4950
Springfield - 417-895-6851
Outside Local Calling Area - 800-320-2519
Military Related UI Benefits - Missouri resident military Spouses that must quit their job for relocation due to military orders and recently separated Veterans that meet eligibility requirements my apply for UI benefits. Applicants applying under these conditions should select the “Quit-Resigned" as the reason for separation from your employer.
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Motor Vehicle Titling and Registration Benefits?
“VETERAN” Designation on Missouri Driver's License or State ID Card: Missouri offers a “VETERAN designation on the back of Missouri driver’s licenses and ID card for honorably discharged Veterans.
Veterans will be required to provide a copy of discharge documents that indicate they received an honorable discharge.
U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, that shows a discharge status of "Retired" or "Reserve Retired"
VA photo ID card
Any of the following discharge documents; WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78 PD, NAVCG 553, or DD215.
After the designation is added, Veterans are not required to resubmit a verification document. There is no additional cost to add the indicator; however, the standard new, renewal or duplicate transaction and processing fees will apply.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Military Driver and Motor Vehicle Benefits: The Missouri Department of Revenue offers several driver and motor vehicle benefits to Service members, Family members and Veterans. A short description, of these benefits, is listed below.
Renewal of Driver Documents: Missouri allows early renewal of driver licenses, permits, or non-driver license documents for persons leaving the state or country. An applicant can apply for early renewal at a local license office prior to leaving the state.
Missouri Motor Vehicle and Driver License Office Locations
Missouri allows renewal by mail, email or fax for Service members and their dependents. Applicants should submit Missouri Department of Revenue, Mail in Driver License Application DOR-4317 to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Submission information and required documentation is listed on the form.
Service members that are discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces have 90 days to establish residence or 6 months from the date of discharge, whichever is sooner, to renew an expired driver’s license without taking the full examination. The expired license is not valid for driving.
Driver License Suspensions and Revocations to be Stayed: Missouri driver license suspensions and revocations may be delayed for Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Suspensions and revocations will remain in a stayed status until 60 days after discharge. For information on how to get your license reinstated or to find out what is on your driver record call -573-526-2407.
Registration Renewal Penalty Exemption: Service members may renew an expired motor vehicle registration up to 60 days after discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces without a renewal penalty. The vehicle may not be operated during the period the registration is expired. Applicants must submit official orders as evidence of military service and date of discharge.
Titling and Inspections: Service members may authorize another individual to sign the General Affidavit DOR-768 indicating the vehicle is out-of-state and will be inspected within 10 days after returning to Missouri.
Service members have 180 days after discharge before a title penalty is assessed on the purchase of a motor vehicle, trailer, boat, outboard motor, all-terrain vehicle, or manufactured home. Service members may have a commissioned officer or other out-of-state law enforcement officer sign an inspection form to verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) and odometer reading of a vehicle previously titled out of state.
Active duty Service members who sell a vehicle and are deployed before a new vehicle can be purchased are allowed an extension of 180 days after return from their deployment to purchase a vehicle and receive the tax allowance. A copy of their military orders of completion of deployment must be submitted. This extension also applies to “total loss” vehicle tax credits.
Missouri Military and Veterans Specialty License Plates: The Missouri Department of Revenue offers over 48 specialty military license plates to honor the service and sacrifice of Veterans, retired Service members, Service members and Family members. Each plate has specific eligibility and documentation requirements. A short description of some of these license plates can be found below.
All license plates may be requested using the Application for Missouri Military Personalized License Plates (Form 4601). Information regarding eligibility and documentation requirements can be found at the Missouri Personalized and Specialty License Plates webpage (at the bottom of the page below Choose a Design Category and Plate: select Military from the left drop down menu then choose the plate design from the right drop down menu).
Acceptable proof of eligibility documents:
Form WD AGO 53-55
Official Discharge Order from the U.S. Armed Forces
Form NGB 22
DD214 or DD215
Current Military ID Card
Applications must be completed, signed, and submitted with copies of required documentation and fee (noted on the front of the application) to:
Motor Vehicle Bureau
301 West High Street - Room 370
PO Box 569
Jefferson City MO 65105-0569
Missouri Disabled Veteran License Plate: One free set of Missouri Disabled Veteran license plates are available for honorably discharged resident Veterans who have a service-connected disability. Veterans must submit a letter from the VA dated within six months verifying they have a service-connected disability. If requesting the wheelchair accessibility symbol, the applicant must also submit a signed Physician's Statement for Disabled Person's Placard form (DOR-1776).
Missouri Disabled Veteran License Plate Fact Sheet
Missouri Medal of Honor License Plate: One free set of Missouri Medal of Honor license plates are available for Missouri residents that are Medal of Honor recipients. Applicants must submit a letter from the VA verifying they were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Missouri Purple Heart License Plate: One free set of Missouri Purple Heart license plates are available for Missouri residents that are Purple Heart recipients. Applicants must submit documentation verifying they received the Purple Heart.
Missouri U.S. Veteran License Plate: Missouri resident Veterans that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge are eligible for the Missouri U.S. Vet license plate. Applicants must submit documentation verifying they received an honorable discharge.
Missouri Some Gave All (Gold Star) License Plate: Family members of a Service member that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Missouri Some Gave All (Gold Star) license plate. Applicants must make a $25 donation to the Missouri Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars (MOVFW). MOVFW will issue an Emblem Use Authorization Statement that is required for applications to be processed.
Missouri Commercial Driver Exam (CDL) Exemptions: Missouri offers CDL testing exemptions to eligible Veterans and Service members.
CDL Military Skills Test Waiver: Missouri allows current and former Service members who have military commercial vehicle driving training and experience a waiver of the skills test portion of a CDL license. Applicants must have been regularly employed within one year prior to application in a job requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle and operated that vehicle for at least the two years immediately prior to separation from the military. This option only allows a waiver of the skills testing and does not include the knowledge testing requirement.
Missouri Department of Revenue, Application for CDL Skills Test Waiver
CDL Even Exchange: Missouri allows current or former Service members that served in designated military occupational specialties a waiver of knowledge and skills testing requirements when applying for a CDL. Applicants must have been regularly employed within one year prior to application in a job requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle and operated that vehicle for at least the two years immediately prior to separation from the military.
Designated military occupational specialties:
Army - 88M, 14T, 92F
Air Force - 2T1, 2F0, 3E2
Marine Corps - 3531
Navy - E.O.
Waiver of Missouri Motorcycle Skills Testing for Military Service Members: Active duty Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces that completed a military Motorcycle Rider Training Course (MRTC) can receive a waiver of the written examination and driving skills when requesting a motorcycle endorsement on a Missouri driver’s license.
Course must meet or exceed the standards of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
Course completion card is valid for one year from date of issue.
Service members required to have a motorcycle permit prior to completing the MRTC course are required to complete the written examination given by the Missouri Highway Patrol at a Missouri Driver Examination Location.
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Health and Insurance Benefits?
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.
This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).
Missouri National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury, Disability or Death While on State Active Duty: Missouri National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die while serving on state active duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under Missouri Workers' Compensation Laws.
Who is eligible for Missouri National Guard Compensation for Illness, Injury, Disability or Death While on State Active Duty? Missouri National Guard members that suffer illness, injury, disability or death in the line of duty while on state active duty are covered by Missouri workers’ compensation laws.
Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance: SSLI offered through the Missouri National Guard Association (MoNGA) to National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Missouri National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.
Key Benefits of the SSLI:
If purchased prior to separation, coverage can continue after retirement or separation.
Membership in MoNGA is not a requirement to purchase coverage
Payments can be payroll deducted
Multiple coverage options for Service members, their Spouses and dependents
Coverage is available until age 70.
Who is eligible for Missouri National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance? Missouri National Guard members and their dependents are eligible for MoNGA State Sponsored Life Insurance.
SSLI Coverage Options
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Missouri Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permits: Missouri resident Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that have been called to federal active duty in the past 12 months are eligible for a reduced cost permit to hunt small game, fish, and trap. This permit is only $5 compared to $19 for a regular small game and fishing permit. Service members can apply at the Missouri Department of Conservation, MDC Online webpage.
Free or Reduced Cost Missouri Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Veterans: Honorably discharged Veterans or Service members can fish and hunt without a permit (does not include trapping). Hunting permits are still required for deer, turkey and migratory bird as well as any conservation stamps. Veterans and Service members must meet the following requirements:
Has a service-connected disability of 60% or more
Former prisoner of war
Assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit, or military medical center.
Veterans and Service members must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the VA or orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or military medical center whenever hunting or fishing.
Missouri Resident Hunting and Fishing Permits for Nonresident Active Duty Service Members and Veterans: Nonresident Service members and their Family members living with them may purchase Missouri resident hunting and fishing permits.
Nonresident Service members or Veterans assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center may purchase Missouri resident hunting permits.
Missouri Camping Discounts for Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and their Family Members: Service members, Veterans and Family members of Active Duty Service members are eligible for a $2 per night discount on camping fees year-round at Missouri State Parks. Those eligible must show a Military Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID card, VA ID card or Missouri driver’s license or ID card with a “Veteran” designation at check in to receive their discount.
Missouri State Parks Military Discount Flyer
What are my Missouri Military and Veterans State Miscellaneous Benefits?
Missouri Homeless Veterans Assistance: VA Medical Centers in Missouri have a Homeless Veterans Coordinator that can provides information about the services available for homeless Veterans through the VA. Services include outreach, case management, referrals to benefits counselors, linkage to health care and housing assistance. Homeless Veterans that need assistance after hours, should contact any VA medical center emergency room.
VA Facilities in Missouri
Free Parking for Certain Missouri Veterans and Service Members: The vehicles of Veterans that have Medal of Honor, Prisoner of War, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with and without “V” device or Distinguished Flying Cross license plates may park in metered parking spaces free of charge.
A Veteran that is eligible for the Medal of Honor, Prisoner of War, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with and without “V” device or Distinguished Flying Cross license plates or has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross or Air Force Cross may apply to the Missouri Department of Revenue for a free windshield placard that allows them to also park without charge in a metered parking space, parking lot or garage at any public college or university in Missouri. Missouri Revised Statutes 304.725
Missouri Veterans Homes: Missouri has seven nursing homes with a total of 1238 beds that provide three levels of skilled nursing care at minimal cost to Veterans.
Cameron Veterans Home - 816-632-6010
Warrensburg Veterans Home – 660-543-5064
Mexico Veterans Home - 573-581-1088
St. Louis Veterans Home - 314-340-6389
St. James Veterans Home - 573-265-3271
Cape Girardeau Veterans Home - 573-290-5870
Mt. Vernon Veterans Home - 417-466-7103.
Each Missouri Veterans Home employs a licensed nursing home administrator, has registered nurses on duty 24 hours per day, and provides the following services:
Physical, speech, occupational and recreational therapy
Maintenance, environmental and social services
Secured dementia unit.
Who is eligible for Care at the Missouri Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission to a Missouri Veterans Home, a Veteran must meet the following requirements:
Received discharge other than dishonorable
Resident of Missouri for at least 180 days at some point in their life
Required skilled nursing home care
Home has the capacity to meet the Veteran’s needs.
For questions and to start the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at the Veterans Home.
Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries: Missouri has five State Veterans Cemeteries that provide a dignified final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.
Each cemetery provides the following services at no cost:
Opening and closing of the grave
Concrete grave liner (if a vault is not purchased by the Family)
Upright granite headstone or columbarium niche cover
Military honors for the Veteran
Who is eligible for Burial at a Missouri State Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the burial at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:
Discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, or
Died while on active duty, or
Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or
Reserve component Service members qualify if they were activated for federal service, active duty for training does not qualify as active service
Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)
There is no residency requirement for burial at a Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Eligibility Pre-Certification Application to establish eligibility prior to need.
For questions regarding eligibility or for more information, please contact the cemetery director at the nearest Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
Missouri Veterans Commission, Planning for the Future Booklet
Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF): MMFRF provides emergency financial grants to eligible Service members and their Families that are suffering from financial hardship. The grants may be used for living expenses, housing, transportation, utilities, repairs, groceries, etc. Applicants can receive a grant for up to $3000 once in a 12 month period.
Who is eligible for the MMFRF?
National Guard or a Reserve Service member that either lives in or drills in Missouri.
Pay grade O-3 and below (includes WO-1 and WO-2)
Has not received a MMFRF grant within the last 12 months
Financial hardship must not require resolution in less than a week.
Missouri War Medallion Program: Missouri offers medallions for Missouri resident Service members and Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that served during certain wartime periods. Missouri currently offers the following medallions:
World War I - April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918
World War II - December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946
D-Day Jubilee – June 6, 1944, through September 30, 1944
Korean War - June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
Vietnam War - February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975
Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield - August 7, 1990, through June 7, 1991
Operation Iraqi Freedom / New Dawn - March 19, 2003, through December 15, 2011.
Who is eligible for the Missouri War Medallion Program? Veterans, must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the stated conflict dates
Legal resident of Missouri:
At the time of application
At the time they entered or were discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
At the time of their death
Served in a unit of the Missouri National Guard regardless of state of residence
Service members did not have to serve overseas to be eligible
Received an honorable discharge, or still serving.
Medallions may be awarded posthumously, Veterans, Surviving Spouses, or oldest living survivors may apply.
Mail or fax completed applications and required documentation to:
Office of the Adjutant General
ATTN: Veterans Awards
P.O. Box 1808
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Phone: 573-638-9561 / 866-834-3431
Missouri Women Veterans Initiative: The Missouri Veterans Commission has appointed a women Veteran’s coordinator whose mission is to ensure that Missouri women Veterans have equal access to federal and state Veteran's services, promote awareness of available benefits and to assist women Veterans to apply.
They also serve as a point of contact for the following issues:
Sexual trauma counseling and care
Homeless women Veterans with Children
Women's health care, including breast cancer, osteoporosis and PTSD
Injured women Veterans returning from war were primary care givers, now who takes care of the Family/ Children
Gender specific disability claims.
For more information, please call 314-340-2607 or email Movets.email@example.com.
Missouri Conceal and Carry Permit Renewal for Service Members: Conceal and Carry permits of eligible Service members that expire may be renewed without penalties or fees.
Service members whose Conceal and Carry permits expire must meet the following requirements to be eligible:
Serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
National Guard Service member on active state duty
Physically incapacitated due to an injury they received while serving on federal or state active duty.
Service members may renew their permit up to 60 days after completion of military service without penalties or fees.
Military Funeral Honors: Military Funeral Honors is a ceremony paying final respect and gratitude for service to the Nation.
The military funeral honors ceremony consists of (at a minimum):
Folding and presentation of the American flag
Sounding of Taps
Three-Volley rifle salute.
Military Funeral Honors may be provided by any combination of Missouri National Guard Service members, Active Duty Service members, retired Service members or Veterans Service Organizations.
Who is eligible for Military Funeral Honors? Deceased active and reserve component Service members, retired Service members, and Veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under honorable conditions are eligible for Military Funeral Honors.
Military Funeral Honors are requested through the funeral home and are provided at no cost to the Veteran’s Family or the Funeral Home.
Missouri DEFENDERS Program: The Missouri Attorney General’s DEFENDERS Program (formerly Military Legal Assistance Team (MLAT)) provides free legal assistance to Service members and their dependents for certain legal matters. Additionally, DEFENDERS helps military Service members, and their Families find and retain affordable and qualified legal counsel.
Referrals to pro bono attorneys for representation of claims under the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Fights predatory business practices targeting military communities
Educational presentations on military consumer protection issues, civil legal protections for Service members and DEFENDERS services that are available
Legal representation for National Guard Service members that have employment claims as a result of state active duty
Estate planning workshops for Veterans.
Who is eligible the DEFENDERS Program? To be eligible for DEFENDERS services, Service members must meet the following qualifications:
Active and reserve component Service members stationed in Missouri
Missouri resident Service members stationed outside of Missouri
Court, jurisdiction or venue for the legal issue must be in Missouri
Members of the inactive reserves (IRR) are not eligible for DEFENDERS services.
Missouri Substitute Addresses for Homeless Veterans: Homeless Veterans are authorized to use charitable, religious, fraternal, or Veterans organization as a mailing address to receive state or federal assistance. Organizations must meet the following requirements:
Purpose of the organization is to provide charitable, religious, fraternal, or Veterans services
Organization has been providing these services for more than 10 years
Organization is willing to be the substitute address for the homeless Veteran.
Missouri Heroes Way Designation Program: The Missouri Heroes Way Designation authorizes state-maintained highway interchanges, bridges or portions of highway to be designated for Missouri resident Service members that were killed in action while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The memorial signs will be installed with one sign for each travel direction. The current fee for two standard 6’ x 3’ signs is $2,400, two larger 8’ x 3’ signs is $4,000.
Missouri Department of Transportation, Heroes Way Naming Application Form
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Missouri:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Missouri: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing the nearest facility.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Missouri: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Missouri. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Missouri Veterans Commission
205 Jefferson Street
12th Floor Jefferson Building
P.O. Drawer 147
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Missouri Veterans Commission Facebook Page
Military Installations in Missouri
Please see the Missouri Military Resource Locator for additional information
Fort Leonard Wood
Whiteman Air Force Base
Missouri Army National Guard
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division