Retaining designation brings awareness to the sacrifice of veterans
The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to allow a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to continue to use their disabled veteran license plate.
“Retaining this special license plate brings awareness to the sacrifice veterans have made,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “This bill acknowledges the bravery of our heroes and will give them recognition.”
Under current law, Michigan residents with a 100-percent disability rating and an honorable discharge from the military are entitled to one disabled veteran plate for use on a vehicle. However, spouses are not allowed to keep the plate after the veteran passes away. The surviving spouse must transfer the title of a deceased’s vehicle within 15 days of the veteran’s death and obtain a different plate.
With the bill, the surviving spouse will be able to register the disabled veteran license plate in their name and receive one year free registration when they transfer the title.
“The surviving spouse of a veteran should never have to experience the sadness of sitting in a Secretary of State office waiting to let go another piece of their loved one,” VanderWall said.
House Bill 4319 advances to the Senate for consideration.