Sen. Marty Knollenberg
Sen. Marty Knollenberg

LANSING, Mich. — All disabled veterans who were honorably discharged would be able to use a disabled veteran “DV” license plate under a bill sponsored by Sen. Marty Knollenberg and approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday.

Senate Bill 502 would extend the use of these specialized license plates, which are already available to veterans with a 100 percent disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to all disabled veterans.

“While we can never adequately make up for the sacrifices of our veterans, especially those who were disabled because of their service, this bill would in a small way help to honor their service,” said Knollenberg, R-Troy.

SB 502 would apply to private passenger motor vehicles used for the primary purpose of transporting the disabled veteran and his or her family members.

Eligible veterans would be asked to pay a one-time $5 application fee and present proof of honorable discharge and official documentation from the VA proving any disability rating.

Under the bill, once a disabled veteran with less than 100 percent disability rating has been issued a specialty “DV” license plate, they would not be required to resubmit proof of eligibility but would pay regular plate renewal fees.

The bill now goes before the entire Senate for consideration.