House approves Vaupel plan removing veteran license plate fees

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State Rep. Hank Vaupel

The Michigan House of Representatives recently approved state Rep. Hank Vaupel’s plan eliminating the service fee for a Vietnam War specialty license plate. Vaupel’s measure is part of a bipartisan, multi-bill package removing the $5 service fee for various veteran and military license plates.

“Imposing a service fee for special military license plates is not the appropriate way to greet service members who have sacrificed so much to protect our great nation and preserve the freedoms we cherish upon returning home,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, who served during the Vietnam War as a captain in the Army. “That’s not fair, and this bipartisan plan aims to address the issue head on. While a fee waiver for veteran and military license plates is a minimal token of gratitude, it goes a long way in showing our military heroes that their state respects the contributions they have made while serving in the Armed Forces.”

As required by state law, the Secretary of State provides for the issuance and creation of each license plate issued in Michigan. There are differentiating fee requirements for each license place issued, with veteran and military license plates having a $5 service fee.

House Bill 4684, along with the rest of the bill package, now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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