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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee

HB 2522

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Brief Description: Modifying qualifications for disabled veterans to receive fee exempt license plates.

Sponsors: Representatives Pike, Blake, Kraft, Peterson, Orcutt, Shea, Vick, Caldier, Manweller, Reeves, Doglio, Riccelli, Smith, Muri, McBride, Wylie, Hargrove, Eslick, Stanford, Tharinger, Kilduff and Young.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Decreases the percentage rate of service-related disability compensation required to qualify for the Disabled American Veteran or Former Prisoner of War special license plate from 100 percent to 75 percent.

Hearing Date: 1/17/18

Staff: Travis Yonker (786-7383).


There are a number of special license plate categories established to recognize various groups. The Department of licensing (DOL) is responsible for processing special license plate applications. One category of special license plates that the DOL processes is the Disabled American Veteran or Former Prisoner of War special license plate, which is issued without payment of vehicle license fees, license plate fees, or excise taxes. To qualify for the Disabled American Veteran or Former Prisoner of War special license plate, an applicant must be a veteran and also be the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, the applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

The Veterans Administration generally determines compensation for disabled veterans based on the percentage of service-connected disability rating. If a veteran has two or more separate service-related disabilities, they may be aggregated to calculate a final total percentage rating. In addition, the Veterans Administration may consider the individual unemployability of the veteran to increase the percentage of compensation beyond the service-connected disability rating up to 100 percent.

Summary of Bill:

Veterans may qualify for a Disabled American Veteran or Former Prisoner of War license plate if the veteran has a service-connected disability and is receiving service-connected disability compensation at the 75 percent rate or higher.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on 1/12/18.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.