Free Motor Vehicle Registration

Disabled veterans who by reason of service in the U.S. armed forces have suffered the loss of, or permanent loss of, the use of one or both hands or feet, or who have permanent impairment of vision in both eyes, or any other disability or handicap of such veterans that may be determined by the Medical Affairs Branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (M.G.L. c. 90, s. 8c), are eligible to receive, free of charge, disabled veterans motor vehicle registration plates and are exempt from the biannual registration renewal fee. Contact:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Medical Affairs Branch
630 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 351-9222
TTY: (617) 536-7534
Toll-free outside of “617” and “781” area codes: 1-800-858-3926
Toll-free TTY: 1-877-RMV-TTDD (768-8833)
http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/veteran/disvet.htm

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 199100
Boston, MA 02119-9100

All veterans who were captured and imprisoned in the course of duty by an enemy of the U.S. during an armed conflict are eligible to receive ex-prisoner of war license plates and are not required to pay the biannual registration renewal fee. Presentation of satisfactory evidence of such prisoner of war status is required. Surviving spouses may keep this plate until they remarry, or fail to renew or cancel the registration, but an annual fee would then be required. Contact:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Special Plates (Vanity) Section
One Copley Place, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 351-9322
http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/veteran/expow.htm

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 199100
Boston, MA 02119-9100

Motor Vehicle Registration Exemptions

Under M.G.L. c. 60A, s. 1, disabled veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, or Vietnam are eligible for motor vehicle excise exemption if they suffered one of the following injuries by reason of their service in the U.S. armed forces: the loss of one or both feet or hands, the loss of the permanent use of one or both feet or hands, the loss sight in one eye, or the permanent impairment of vision of both eyes (see statute for details). Veterans must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in order to receive the motor vehicle excise exemption. (This tax exemption is applicable for one motor vehicle that is owned for non-commercial use). For eligibility details contact a local assessor’s office, or:

Department of Revenue
Division of Local Services
51 Sleeper Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 626-2300
Fax: (617) 626-2330
www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 9490
Boston, MA 02205-9490

Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption

Under M.G.L. c. 64H, s. 6(u) disabled veterans who have suffered the loss of both legs or both arms or one leg and one arm or have suffered the permanent loss of the use of both legs or both arms or one leg and one arm due to their service in the U.S. armed forces are eligible for a motor vehicle sales tax exemption. This tax exemption is applicable for one motor vehicle that is owned for non-commercial use. For eligibility details contact:

Department of Revenue
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 887-6367
www.mass.gov/dor

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 9655
Boston, MA 02114-9655