New laws impacting Virginia DMV customers going into effect Thursday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds customers of several bills that will go into effect on Thursday, impacting certain policies about vehicle registrations, issuance fees, and license plates.

  • Expansion of voluntary disability indicator on vehicle registrations (House Bill 1960/Senate Bill 1470): These bills allow vehicle owners whose vehicles are regularly occupied by someone with a communication impairment, including autism, to voluntarily indicate so on their vehicle registration. Currently, this indicator only applies to vehicle owners who have a disability. This indication on the registration alerts law enforcement officers there may be someone in the vehicle with a communication impairment before approaching a stopped vehicle.
  • Removal of issuance fees for active members and retirees of the Virginia National Guard (House Bill 1796/House Bill 2261): These two separate bills remove the fee for the issuance of a special license plate for retired and active members of the Virginia National Guard. More specifically, House Bill 1796 removes the issuance fee for the retired National Guard license plate for retired members of the Virginia National Guard while House Bill 2261 removes the issuance fee for one set of National Guard plates for those currently serving in the Virginia National Guard.
  • Special license plates for recipients of military decorations (House Bill 2069): This allows recipients of certain military medals to obtain special license plates from the DMV corresponding to their medal from the DMV, but they need to show proof they received such a medal. In addition, the bill establishes a uniform fee structure for the cost of special license plates for recipients of a military decoration based on the order of precedence of such military decoration as determined by the federal Department of Defense or other relevant federal agency. Surviving spouses who have not remarried can also obtain these plates if they can prove their spouse was a recipient of one of these medals.
  • Ducks Unlimited license plate becomes revenue sharing (Senate Bill 1229): This bill changes the current Ducks Unlimited license plate to a revenue-sharing special license plate. Holders of this license plate currently pay a $10 annual fee, but this bill increases the annual fee to $25 as of Thursday, July 1. As a revenue-sharing plate, $15 of the $25 fee will be transferred to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to support its wetlands and waterfowl habitat programs in Virginia.

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