Vehicles owned and registered or leased by some disabled or blind veterans for their personal, non-business use are exempt from the motor vehicle excise. To qualify:
- The veteran must have been honorably discharged from peacetime or wartime military service
- The Veterans Administration must certify that due to that service the veteran: has actually lost at least one foot or hand or has a permanent loss of use of at least one foot or hand or has permanent impairment of vision meeting certain specifications in at least one eye. OR
- The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) within the RMV has determined that due to that service the veteran is permanently disabled.
The exemption is based solely on whether the individual meets these disability standards. These standards differ from, and are generally narrower than, than those used to determine eligibility for property tax exemptions for veterans. A veteran who qualifies and owns or leases more than one vehicle for personal, non-business use may have the exemption applied to the vehicle of choice.