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Disabled Veteran License Plates

Disabled Veteran

Who qualifies for a disabled veteran license plate under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-69?

Any individual meeting the definition of “disabled veteran” under O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48(a) is entitled to apply for a disabled veteran license plate under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-69.

O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48(a) Definition of a Disabled Veteran

Any veteran who is a citizen and resident of this state, who was discharged under honorable conditions, and who has been adjudicated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as having a service related disability that renders such veteran as being 100 percent totally disabled or as being less than 100 percent totally disabled but is compensated at the 100 percent level due to individual unemployability or is entitled to receive a statutory award from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for

  1. Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet;
  2. Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands;
  3. Loss of sight in one or both eyes; or
  4. Permanent impairment of vision of both eyes of the following status: central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, with corrective glasses, or central visual acuity of more than 20/200 if there is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends on angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye;

 

The disabled veteran’s passenger vehicle may be exempt from annual ad valorem tax under O.C.G.A. § 48-5-478 and/or exempt from Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) under O.C.G.A. § 48-5C-1 where the disabled veteran license plate is affixed to the vehicle. A disabled veteran shall not be granted an exemption for a subsequent vehicle unless the original vehicle which received the exemption is sold, traded or otherwise transferred to another person.

Who qualifies for a disabled veteran license plate under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-70?

The Georgia code O.C.G.A. § 40-2-70 also provides for a disabled veteran plate for some partially disabled veterans who do not meet the definition of “disabled veteran” under O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48(a). (e.g. a veteran who is designated as having a 60% disability rating). A disabled veteran license plate issued under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-70 does not qualify for the exemption of annual ad valorem tax or title ad valorem tax.

What types of vehicles can have a disabled veteran license plate?

Georgia code section 40-2-69 allows disabled veteran license plates to be placed on an “automobile, private passenger pickup truck, motorcycle, station wagon, or van type vehicle of three-quarter tons or less. The disabled veteran may own or lease the vehicle in his/her name only or co-own with his or her spouse or minor child. Disabled veteran license plates are not permitted on other classes or types of vehicles, such as motor homes.

How many disabled veteran license plates can a disabled veteran be issued?

Veterans who qualify for a disabled veteran license plate under either O.C.G.A. § 40-2-69 or O.C.G.A. § 40-2-70 may receive disabled veteran plates for only two qualifying vehicles. The first disabled veteran plate is not assessed a licensing fee for the initial registration and annual renewals. The second plate is assessed a licensing fee for both the initial registration and annual renewals.

 

Georgia Administrative Code

Department 560. Rules of Department of Revenue

Chapter 560-11. Local Government Services Division

Subject 560-11-14. State and Local Title Ad Valorem Tax

Rule 560-11-14-.12(3)(a)(b)

(3) The state and local title ad valorem tax fee shall not apply to a qualified person as provided in this part:

(a) Any qualified service connected disabled veteran pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-8-3(30) when the veteran received a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase and specially adapt a vehicle to his disability may apply for an exemption of the state and local title ad valorem tax fee. Such veteran shall submit to the county tag agent a form prescribed by the commissioner attesting to their exempt status, the motor vehicle purchase agreement or bill of sale, and documentation approved by the commissioner demonstrating their disabled status and receipt of the veteran’s grant.

(b) Any qualified disabled veteran pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-478 may apply for an exemption of the state and local title ad valorem tax fee. Such veteran shall submit to the county tag agent a form prescribed by the commissioner attesting to their exempt status, the motor vehicle purchase agreement or bill of sale, and documentation approved by the commissioner demonstrating their disabled status

1. A veteran shall be granted an exemption provided that the veteran has applied for or has transferred a disabled veteran’s license plate to such vehicle as provided for in O.C.G.A. 40-2-69.

2. A veteran shall not be granted an exemption for a subsequent vehicle unless the original vehicle which received the exemption is sold, traded or otherwise transferred to another person. If the original vehicle is transferred to an immediate family member by the veteran such transfer shall be subject to the full rate of title ad valorem tax in effect as of the date of the transfer. If such immediate family member subsequently transfers the vehicle to another immediate family member then that subsequent transfer shall receive the reduced rate of title ad valorem tax applicable to immediate family members.

 

 

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