Purple Heart License Plates
Who qualifies for a Purple Heart license plate under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-84?
Motor vehicle or motorcycle owners who are veterans of the armed forces of the United States who have been awarded the Purple Heart citation are eligible to receive the Purple Heart license plate.
The spouse of a deceased veteran of the armed forces of the United States who was awarded the Purple Heart citation shall continue to be eligible to be issued the Purple Heart license plate for any vehicle owned by such veteran ownership of which is transferred to the surviving spouse or for any other vehicle owned by such surviving spouse either at the time of the qualifying veteran’s death or acquired thereafter, so long as such person does not remarry.
O.C.G.A. § 40-2-84 (a) (2) Definition of a Veteran
(2) For purposes of this Code section, the term “veteran” shall include a member of the armed forces or reserves who is still serving on active duty after being awarded the Purple Heart citation.
What types of vehicles can have a Purple Heart license plate?
Georgia code section 40-2-84 allows Purple Heart license plates to be placed on a private passenger car, motorcycle, trailer, or truck used for personal transportation.
How many Purple Heart license plates can a veteran be issued?
Veterans who qualify for a Purple Heart license plate under O.C.G.A. § 40-2-84 may receive Purple Heart plates for only two qualifying vehicles. The first 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.
O.C.G.A. § 48-5-478.2 Veterans awarded Purple Heart exempt from ad valorem taxes provided license plate issued under Code Section 40-2-84
A single motor vehicle owned by or leased to a veteran of the armed forces of the United States who has been awarded the Purple Heart citation and who is a citizen and resident of Georgia and on which such veteran actually places a motor vehicle license plate he or she receives from the State of Georgia pursuant to Code Section 40-2-84 is hereby exempted from all ad valorem taxes for state, county, municipal, and school purposes.
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) (d)
d) Any qualified veteran pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-478.2 who is a citizen and resident of Georgia and was awarded the Purple Heart 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 award of the Purple Heart.
1. A veteran shall be granted an exemption provided that the veteran has applied for or has transferred a Purple Heart plate to such vehicle as provided for in O.C.G.A. 40-2-84.
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.