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Part 5. Vehicle License Fee

Chapter 2. Imposition of Fee

Article 2. Exemptions

Section 10783

Text of section operative until July 1, 1999

10783. Vehicles owned by disabled veterans. (a) The license fee imposed by this part does not apply to a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle, or a commercial vehicle of less than 6,001 pounds unladen weight, unless the vehicle is used for transportation for hire, compensation, or profit, if the vehicle is owned by any disabled veteran, as described in Section 22511.9 of the Vehicle Code, or any veteran who is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

(b) The exemption granted by this section shall extend to not more than one vehicle owned by the veteran. The Department of Motor Vehicles may require any disabled veteran applying for an exemption under this section to submit a certificate signed by a physician or surgeon substantiating the disability. The Department of Motor Vehicles may require any person applying for an exemption under this section by reason of receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor to submit satisfactory proof that he or she is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

(c) This section shall remain in effect only until July 1, 1999, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before July 1, 1999, deletes or extends that date.

History.—Added by Stats. 1949, p. 2234, in effect October 1, 1949. Stats. 1951, p. 2339, in effect September 22, 1951, added "other than a commercial vehicle," deleted "paraplegic" preceding "veteran," substituted clause commencing with "who" for former clause limiting exemption to vehicle given paraplegic veteran by United States Government, and added last paragraph. Stats. 1955, p. 2463, in effect September 7, 1955, added reference to permanently blind veteran. Stats. 1961, p. 1017, in effect March 31, 1961, substituted "6202" for "9183." Stats. 1969, p. 1736, in effect November 10, 1969, added "two or more limbs, or one eye and any limb" after ". . . the use of," in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Stats. 1974, Ch. 922, p. 1936, in effect January 1, 1975, substituted "of the following vehicles, which are not used for transportation for hire, compensation, or profit, when" for "vehicle, other than a commercial vehicle,", substituted "any" for "a" after "owned by", substituted "Section 19153 of the Welfare and Institutions Code" for "Section 6202 of the Education Code", and substituted "armed forces" for "military, naval, or air forces" in the first sentence of the first paragraph, and added ":", and subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) at the end thereof. Stats. 1979, Ch. 612, in effect January 1, 1980, added "whose disability has been rated, by the United States Veterans' Administration or the military service from which such veteran was discharged, at 100 percent due to a diagnosed disease or disorder which substantially impairs or interferes with mobility, or who is so severely disabled as to be unable to move without the aid of an assistant device, or" after "veteran" in the first sentence of the first paragraph, and added the second sentence of the second paragraph. Stats. 1982, Ch. 235, in effect January 1, 1983, added ", and any veteran who is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who was born in the state or who either resided in the state at the time of entry into military service or has been a resident continuously since January 1, 1977" after "United States" in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Stats. 1983, Ch. 415, in effect January 1, 1984, substituted "a passenger vehicle . . . vehicle is" for "any of the following vehicles, which are not" after "apply to", substituted "if the vehicle is" for "when" after "profit", substituted "the" for "such" after "from which", and deleted the balance of the first sentence pertaining to residency and vehicle type after "recipient" in the first paragraph; and substituted "the" for "any such" before "veteran" in the first sentence, and added "any disabled veteran to submit" after "require" in the second sentence of the second paragraph. Stats. 1985, Ch. 1041, effective January 1, 1986, substituted "disabled veteran, as described in Section 22511.9 of the Vehicle Code, or" for "veteran whose disability has been rated by the United States Veterans' Administration or the military service from which the veteran was discharged, at 100 percent due to . . . or who is so severely disabled . . . as a result of injury or disease suffered while on active service with the armed forces of the United States, and" after "any" in the first sentence of the first paragraph; and added "applying for an exemption under this section" after "disabled veteran" in the second sentence, and added the third sentence to the second paragraph. Stats. 1998, Ch. 563 (SB 1492), in effect January 1, 1999, added the subdivision letters and added subdivision (c).

Note.—Section 3 of Stats. 1979, Ch. 612, provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act.

Text of section operative July 1, 1999

10783. Vehicles owned by disabled veterans. (a) The license fee imposed by this part does not apply to a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle, or a commercial vehicle of less than 8,001 pounds unladen weight, unless the vehicle is used for transportation for hire, compensation, or profit, if the vehicle is owned by any disabled veteran, as defined in Section 295.7 of the Vehicle Code, any former American prisoner of war, or any veteran who is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

(b) The exemption granted by subdivision (a) shall extend to not more than one vehicle owned by the veteran, or former American prisoner of war, and is applicable to the same vehicle as described in subdivision (b) of Section 9105 of the Vehicle Code.

(c) (1) The Department of Motor Vehicles may require any disabled veteran applying for an exemption under this section to submit a certificate signed by a physician or surgeon substantiating the disability.

(2) The Department of Motor Vehicles may require any person applying for an exemption under this section for either of the following reasons to do any of the following:

(A) By reason of the person's status as a former American prisoner of war, to show, by satisfactory proof, his or her former prisoner-of-war status.

(B) By reason of the person's status of receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, to show, by satisfactory proof, that he or she is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

(d) This section shall become operative on July 1, 1999.

History.—Added by Stats, 1998, Ch. 563 (SB 1462), in effect January 1, 1999, operative July 1, 1999.