2010 Tennessee Code
Title 55 - Motor and Other Vehicles
Chapter 4 - Registration and Licensing of Motor Vehicles
Part 2 - Special License Plates
55-4-237 - Disabled veterans.

55-4-237. Disabled veterans.

(a)  (1)  The department shall provide and issue, free of charge, to each disabled veteran in this state, registration and license plates for any motor vehicle authorized by § 55-4-210(c) that is registered in the name of or leased by a disabled veteran, or by the disabled veteran and the spouse of the disabled veteran, including, but not limited to, a motor home containing life support equipment; provided, that the authorized motor vehicle or motor home shall not be used for rehire or for any other commercial purpose.

     (2)  There shall be no more than two (2) disabled veteran memorial license plates issued free of charge to any qualified applicant pursuant to this section. Additional disabled veteran license plates may be obtained by any disabled veteran upon payment of the regular license fee for plates, as prescribed under § 55-4-111, plus the payment of a fee equal to the cost of actually producing the plate.

     (3)  For the purposes of this section, “disabled veteran” means a veteran having served in the military, naval, marine or air services of the United States, who is a resident of Tennessee and who is entitled to compensation under the laws administered by the veterans' administration for any of the following due to disability incurred in or aggravated by active military, naval, marine or air services of the United States:

          (A)  Loss or permanent loss of use of one (1) or both feet;

          (B)  Loss or permanent loss of use of one (1) or both hands; or

          (C)  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 an angular distance no greater than twenty degrees (20°) in the better eye.

(b)  Any disabled veteran in this state who has any other service-connected disability that is determined by the veterans' administration to constitute a one hundred percent (100%) permanent total disability shall be entitled, upon compliance with the registration laws and without being required to pay a fee, to the issuance of the registration plates provided for by this section.

(c)  Disabled veteran registration plates shall bear the words “Disabled Veteran” and a registration number composed of the prefix “DV” and a unique identifying number.

(d)  A disabled veteran who is entitled under this section to be issued memorial registration plates, free of charge, may elect in the alternative for the issuance of registration plates for holders of the Purple Heart, free of charge, for no more than two (2) motor vehicles authorized by § 55-4-210(c) or two (2) motor homes, as defined in subdivision (a)(1), which are owned or leased by the disabled veteran; provided, that a disabled veteran shall meet the requirements of § 55-4-239(c) in order to be eligible for the issuance of registration plates for holders of the Purple Heart.

[Acts 1998, ch. 1063, § 1; 2001, ch. 30, § 1; 2007, ch. 484, § 53.]  

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