Motor vehicle registration exemption for ex-prisoners of war
M.G.L. ch. 90, s.2

All veterans of any war or military action who, in the course of duty, have been captured and incarcerated by an enemy of the U.S. during an armed conflict are eligible to receive, free of charge, ex-prisoner of war motor vehicle registration plates and are exempt from the biannual registration renewal fee. Presentation of satisfactory evidence of such prisoner of war status is required. A surviving spouse will be able to keep this plate until he/she remarries, or fails to renew or cancels such registration, but an annual fee would then be required.


Registry of Motor Vehicles
Special Plates (Vanity) Section
1 Copley Place, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 351-9322

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 199100
Boston, MA 02119-9100

Excise tax exemption for ex-prisoners of war* and disabled veterans
M.G.L. ch. 60A, s.1

Disabled veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, or Vietnam 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 feet or one or both hands or the loss of sight in one eye or who have permanent impairment of vision of both eyes (see statute for details) and are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for motor vehicle excise exemption (applicable only to one motor vehicle owned and registered for personal, non-commercial use).

*For ex-prisoners of war, and their surviving spouse, the law allowing the exemption for the motor vehicle excise must be accepted by the city or town to be applicable.


Contact a local assessor's office or

Department of Revenue
Division of Local Services
51 Sleeper Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 626-2300
Fax: (617) 626-2330

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9490
Boston, MA 02205-9490