Plan would eliminate fees for special honorary license plates
A new law authored by Rep. Bradley Slagh honors Michigan residents who have served or are serving in the U.S. in the armed forces.
Under Michigan law, anyone serving or who has previously served in the armed forces is eligible for a special designation vehicle license plate indicating either the branch of the armed services or the conflict in which they served. Blue Star and Gold Star families can obtain a special designation plate as well. Prior to the signing of Slagh’s bill, there was an additional $5 fee on top of the normal vehicle registration fee to obtain one of these honorary plates. Slagh’s bill eliminates that additional fee.
“Our military heroes and their families deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices – and they shouldn’t be charged a fee that all goes to the Secretary of State for that recognition,” said Slagh, of Zeeland. “This change to state law reflects our state’s appreciation for their service.”
According to the Office of the Secretary of State, eliminating this fee will result in a state revenue reduction of a little more than $70,000.
House Bill 5678 is now Public Act 143 of 2022.