MacDonald bill expands use of disabled veteran license plate

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Tuesday introduced legislation to extend the use of the state’s specialty “DV” license plate to more disabled veterans.

“The men and women of our armed forces make enormous sacrifices every day to protect our freedom and way of life,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “It is impossible to fully repay the debt we owe our veterans, especially those who returned home partially or totally disabled. My bill would help recognize and honor more of the sacrifices made by Michigan veterans with disabilities.”

Currently, to be eligible for a specialty DV license plate, an honorably discharged veteran must have a 100 percent disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Senate Bill 191 would allow honorably discharged veterans with a 50 percent disability rating to obtain the plate.

Eligible veterans would be asked to pay a one-time $5 application fee and present proof of honorable discharge and official documentation from the VA proving their disability rating.

Veterans with less than a 100 percent disability rating would not be required to resubmit proof of eligibility when renewing the plates but would have to pay regular plate renewal fees.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.

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