Dufault bill would remove taxes and fees from Purple Heart license plate

A measure making its way through the Legislature would remove license fees and excise taxes for Purple Heart license recipients, Rep. Jeremie Dufault said today.

Dufault, R-Selah, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 2058, which would eliminate the annual renewal fees and make the Purple Heart license plate a permanent plate, which would not be required to be renewed.

“Our Purple Heart veterans have endured tremendous pain and sacrifices to give us the ability to live in freedom,” said Dufault, a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. “This is the least we can do.”

Dufault noted that there are already 2,484 Purple Heart license plates issued in Washington state.

To qualify for a Purple Heart license plate, a registered owner must:

  • be a resident of Washington;
  • have been wounded during one of the United States' wars or conflicts;
  • have received an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces;
  • provide a copy of the Armed Forces document showing the recipient was awarded the Purple Heart medal;
  • be recorded as the registered owner of the motor vehicle on which the Purple Heart license plate will be displayed; and
  • pay all fees and taxes required by law for registering the motor vehicle.

The bill passed the House unanimously and is now under consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.

See Rep. Dufault's floor speech on House Bill 2058

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