Military Honor license plates passed

Specialty license plates are available to current and former military personnel under a bill passed by lawmakers April 17.

Introduced by Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen, LB383 creates the Military Honor license plate. To be eligible, current and former service members are required to register with the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The fee for alphanumeric plates is $5, which is credited to the Veteran Cemetery System Operation Fund and may be waived on one set of plates. Personalized plates cost $40, with 75 percent credited to the cemetery fund and 25 percent credited to the state Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund. Lost, stolen or mutilated plates may be replaced upon request without charge and are transferable.

Individuals receiving Prisoner of War and Purple Heart plates are exempt from the $5 fee. The Military Honor plates will be available in January 2016. Fees for the plates are in addition to standard motor vehicle registration fees.

Senators advanced the bill from select file April 9 by voice vote.

The bill passed April 17 on a 48-0 vote.

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