TRENTON, N.J. (AP/CBS New York) — Immediate family members of New Jersey soldiers killed in the line of duty will now be able to order special license plates that honor fallen troops.

The special plates include a gold star and the words “Gold Star Family.” While most specialty plates cost $25, these will be free for verified family members. The families of more than 12,000 soldiers will be eligible for the plates.

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New Jersey was one of only a few other states that didn’t have Gold Star plates or a bill proposing such plates.

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The Motor Vehicle Commission offers three other military-based specialty plates, including one honoring prisoners of war.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law at the War Memorial in Trenton Monday.

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