Dis­abled vets now el­i­gi­ble for per­ma­nent ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL -

Gov. Larry Ho­gan has an­nounced that the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MVA) will be­gin is­su­ing per­ma­nent ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion cards and li­cense plate stick­ers to Mary­land vet­er­ans who qual­ify as 100 per­cent dis­abled. While the stick­ers and reg­is­tra­tion cards have been free to qual­i­fied veter- ans for sev­eral years, this al­lows qual­i­fied vet­er­ans to skip the trip to the MVA to re­new their reg­is­tra­tion.

“Since tak­ing of­fice, our ad­min­is­tra­tion has been com­mit­ted to find­ing ways to pro­vide vet­er­ans the sup­port they have earned and de­serve,” said Gov. Ho­gan. “To­day’s an­nounce­ment is an­other op­por­tu­nity to give back to our vet­er­ans and show our grat­i­tude to those brave men and women who have served our coun­try.”

Qual­i­fied vet­er­ans do not need to take any ac­tion to en­joy this new ben­e­fit. The MVA be­gan mail­ing the per­ma­nent reg­is­tra­tion cards and stick­ers on Aug. 1 to ap­prox­i­mately 5,200 Mary­land vet­er­ans who qual­ify as 100 per­cent dis­abled as de­ter­mined by the U.S. De­part- ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. Prior to this ini­tia­tive, qual­i­fied Mary­land vet­er­ans had to re­new their ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion, free of charge, ev­ery two years at an MVA of­fice.

“Gov­er­nor Ho­gan chal­lenged us to im­prove ser­vices to our cus­tomers and we are de­liv­er­ing on his call to ac­tion,” said Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Pete K. Rahn. “By avoid­ing a trip to the MVA, we are sav­ing time not only for our vet­er­ans, but also for cus­tomers who must visit one of our of­fices to com­plete a trans­ac­tion.”

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