State of South Dakota  

491T0656   SENATE BILL   NO.  81  

Introduced by:    Senators Brown and Haverly and Representatives Cronin, Gosch, Hansen (Jon), and Hawley

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide for a special license plate for certain persons on active duty in the military.
    Section 1. That chapter 32-5 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
    An owner of a motor vehicle, who is a resident of this state, who has a valid South Dakota driver's license, and who signs an affidavit attesting to the fact that he or she is currently serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, may apply to the secretary to receive a set of special motor vehicle license plates designating the person is serving on active duty. If an owner of a motor vehicle falsely attests that he or she is serving on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, the owner is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. The plate may allow for additional indication of the rank or status of the active duty servicemember. The special plates shall be displayed as set forth in § 32-5-98. The special license plate shall be reflectorized and validated each year with a sticker in the same manner as a noncommercial license plate. In addition to the noncommercial license plate fees an additional fee of ten dollars shall be charged

for the special license plates. However, no additional fee may be charged for the renewal stickers placed on the special license plates. If it is determined that the activity duty servicemember does not qualify for the special plates or if the member dies, the plates shall be surrendered to the county treasurer of the applicant's residence. If an active duty servicemember leaves active duty, the special plates may be exchanged for special plates for honorably discharged veterans pursuant to § 32-5-109.4 upon the expiration of the renewal stickers. If the member dies, the special plates may be retained by the member's family but may not be displayed on the vehicle beyond the expiration of the plates or renewal stickers. The treasurer shall notify the secretary who shall make the necessary changes in the registration file. Failure to surrender the special license plates as required by this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.