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New law establishes lifetime Purple Heart license plates

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law making Purple Heart license plates permanent, meaning they never have to be renewed.

House Bill 2058, sponsored by Rep. Jeremie Dufault and Rep. Lisa Callan, was approved by the state senate and house, then signed by the governor on Wednesday. The bill eliminates the annual renewal fees on Purple Heart license plates. 

"Purple Heart Veterans deserve to be recognized and appreciated for the extreme sacrifices they made in service of our nation," said Dufault, "This bill removes the fee and renewal requirement for those eligible to request a purple heart license plate - our state's Purple Heart Veterans and widows. It is the least we can do."

In Washington, 2,484 Purple Heart license plates have been issued.

To qualify for the license plate, the applicant must:

  • be a wounded veteran from a United State war or conflict, or be a widow or widower of a Purple Heart recipient
  • provide a copy of the Armed Forces Purple Heart medal document
  • be a resident of Washington state
  • be the registered owner of the vehicle on which the plate will be displayed.

The measure will go into effect in July.

 

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