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 the Registry of Motor Vehicles' Medical Affairs Branch at (617) 351-9222 [TTY: (617) 536-7534].

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 the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plates at (617) 351-9322.

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 the Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services, at (617) 626-2300.

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 the Department of Revenue at (617) 887-6367.