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Firefighter License Plates / Red Lamp Permit

Firefighter license plate

Application for Minnesota vehicles

All applications for firefighter license plates must be accompanied by a letter of authorization from the fire chief of the department of which the applicant is a member.

Eligibility for firefighter license plates is limited to active members of a Minnesota fire department. Firefighter license plates are addressed in Minnesota State Statute.

Here is the firefighter license application and a sample letter for a fire chief's approval for special firefighter license plates. 

No longer eligible?

Fire Chiefs who believe an individual is no longer eligible for firefighter

license plates may contact the Department of Public Safety
Driver and Vehicle Services Division in writing at:
Driver and Vehicle Service Division
445 Minnesota St.
St. Paul, MN 55101-5164
Here is a sample letter for the withdrawal of approval for special firefighter license plates.

Red lamp permit 


The applicant must be a current member of a volunteer fire department, ambulance service or emergency medical first responder. Here is the red lamp permit application form.