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Introduced by   Representatives Adams of Hartland, Dowland of Holland, Howrigan of Fairfield and Valliere of Barre City

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Motor vehicles; registration; motorcycles; veterans’ plates; handicapped plates

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to provide for the issuance of special veterans’ motorcycle registration plates and for the issuance of special plates for veterans who have disabilities.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 304(j) is amended to read:

(j)  The commissioner of motor vehicles shall, upon proper application, issue special plates to Vermont veterans, as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 101(2), for use only on vehicles registered at the pleasure car rate, on motorcycles, and on trucks registered for less than 26,001 pounds and excluding vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan.  Vermont veterans shall also, upon proper application, be issued special plates or placards, or both, if they qualify for the plates issued under the provisions of section 304a of this title relating to persons with disabilities.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant’s status as a veteran shall be certified by the Vermont office of veterans’ affairs or by other documentation as required by the commissioner.  The type and style of the veterans’ plate shall be determined by the commissioner, except that an American flag shall appear on one side of the plate.  A one-time fee of $10.00 shall be assessed in addition to the annual fee for registration; $5.00 of the one‑time fee shall be transferred to the Vermont office of veterans’ affairs.  The plates shall be reissued only to the original holder of the plates or the surviving spouse.  Notwithstanding section 502 of Title 32, the commissioner may charge the actual costs of production of the plates against the fees collected and shall remit the balance to the transportation fund.  The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this subsection.  Except for new or renewed registrations, applications for the issuance of veterans’ plates shall be processed in the order received by the department subject to normal workflow considerations.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont