Senate File 61 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to motor vehicle registration fees for disabled
2veterans.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 321.105, subsection 5, Code 2019, is
2amended to read as follows:
   35.  a.  Seriously disabled veterans who have been provided
4with an automobile or other vehicle by the United States
5government under the provisions of 38 U.S.C. §3901 – 3904,
6shall be exempt from payment of the registration fee fees
7 provided in this chapter for that vehicle, and shall be
8provided, without fee, with one set of regular registration
9plates or one set of any type of special registration plates
10associated with service in the United States armed forces for
11which the disabled veteran qualifies under section 321.34. The
12disabled veteran, to be able to claim the benefit, must be a
13resident of the state of Iowa. In lieu of the set of regular
14or special military registration plates available without fee,
15the disabled veteran may obtain a set of nonmilitary special
16registration plates or personalized plates issued under section
17321.34 by paying the additional fees associated with those
18plates.
   19b.  A disabled veteran with a service-related disability
20rating of seventy percent or higher as determined by the United
21States department of veterans affairs shall be exempt from
22payment of the registration fees provided in this chapter for
23one vehicle, and shall be provided, without fee, with one
24set of regular registration plates or one set of any type of
25special registration plates associated with service in the
26United States armed forces for which the disabled veteran
27qualifies under section 321.34. The disabled veteran, to be
28able to claim the benefit, must be a resident of the state
29of Iowa. In lieu of the set of regular or special military
30registration plates available without fee, the disabled veteran
31may obtain a set of nonmilitary special registration plates or
32personalized plates issued under section 321.34 by paying the
33additional fees associated with those plates. However, if the
34disabled veteran was issued or reassigned a set of nonmilitary
35special registration plates or personalized plates in the
-1-1one-year period prior to July 1, 2019, the disabled veteran may
2continue to use the plates without paying the additional fees
3associated with those plates.
4   Sec. 2.  Section 321L.2, subsection 1, paragraph a,
5subparagraph (2), Code 2019, is amended to read as follows:
   6(2)  Persons with disabilities parking sticker. An
7applicant who owns a motor vehicle for which the applicant
8has been issued registration plates under section 321.34 or
9registration plates as a seriously disabled veteran under
10section 321.105 may apply to the department for a persons with
11disabilities parking sticker to be affixed to the plates. The
12persons with disabilities parking stickers shall bear the
13international symbol of accessibility.
14   Sec. 3.  Section 321L.2, subsection 5, Code 2019, is amended
15to read as follows:
   165.  A seriously disabled veteran who has been provided with
17an automobile or other vehicle by the United States government
18under the provisions of 38 U.S.C. §3901 – 3904, or a disabled
19veteran with a service-related disability rating of seventy
20percent or higher as determined by the United States department
21of veterans affairs,
is not required to apply for a persons
22with disabilities parking permit under this section unless
23the veteran has been issued special registration plates or
24personalized plates for the vehicle. The regular registration
25plates issued for the disabled veteran’s vehicle without fee
26pursuant to section 321.105 entitle the disabled veteran to
27all of the rights and privileges associated with persons with
28disabilities parking permits under this chapter.
29EXPLANATION
30The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
31the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   32Current law exempts seriously disabled veterans who have
33been provided with an automobile or other vehicle by the United
34States government from paying motor vehicle registration fees
35and applying for a persons with disabilities parking permit.
-2-1This bill broadens these exemptions to include disabled
2veterans with a service-related disability rating of 70 percent
3or higher as determined by the United States department of
4veterans affairs.
   5The bill provides such disabled veterans with one free set
6of regular registration plates or one free set of any type of
7special registration plates associated with service in the
8United States armed forces for which the disabled veteran
9qualifies under Code section 321.34. The bill requires the
10disabled veteran to be a resident of the state of Iowa. In lieu
11of the set of regular or special military registration plates
12available without fee, the disabled veteran may obtain a set of
13nonmilitary special registration plates or personalized plates
14by paying the additional fees associated with those plates.
15However, if the veteran was issued or reassigned such plates
16prior to July 1, 2019, the veteran may continue to use the
17plates without paying the additional fees.
   18By operation of law, Code section 321.166 requires the
19registration plates provided under the bill to display the
20alphabetical characters “DV” preceding the registration plate
21number.
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