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Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donahue of Northfield, Brooks of Montpelier, Corcoran of Bennington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Moran of Wardsboro and Shand of Weathersfield

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Motor vehicles; registration plates; special plates; veterans; disabled

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the department of motor vehicles to issue special registration plates to disabled veterans.


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 and on trucks registered for less than 26,001 pounds and excluding vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan.  Distinguishable plates shall be issued to disabled veterans who are defined in 5 C.F.R. § 211.102(b) as persons who have been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions performed at any time, and who have established the present existence of a service-connected disability or who are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension because of a statute administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a military department.  Applicants shall apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner and the applicant's status as a veteran or as a disabled 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