ORS 805.105¹
Veterans’ recognition plates
  • Gold Star Family plates
  • rules
  • surcharge
  • disposition of moneys

(1) The Department of Transportation shall establish a veterans’ recognition registration plate program to issue registration plates called "veterans’ recognition registration plates" upon request to an owner of any motor vehicle registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (1) or (9)(a) if the owner of the motor vehicle qualifies for the plates. Rules adopted under this section shall include, but need not be limited to, rules that:

(a) Describe general qualifications to be met by any veterans’ group in order to be eligible for a veterans’ recognition registration plate issued under this section.

(b) Specify circumstances under which the department may cease to issue veterans’ recognition registration plates.

(c) Specify what constitutes proof of veteran status for issuance of a veterans’ recognition registration plate, if such proof is required by a veterans’ group or by the Director of Veterans’ Affairs.

(d) Specify what constitutes proof that a person is a surviving family member of a person who was killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. The department may only issue a veteran’s recognition registration plate displaying a gold star decal and the words "Gold Star Family" to a person who is a parent, spouse or dependent of a person who was killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.

(2)(a) In addition to any other fee authorized by law, upon issuance of a veterans’ recognition registration plate under this section and upon renewal of registration for a vehicle that has plates issued under this section, the department shall collect a surcharge of $2.50 per plate for each year of the registration period for the vehicle as described under ORS 803.415 (Registration periods for vehicles).

(b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, net proceeds of the surcharge collected by the department for the veterans’ recognition registration plate shall be deposited in the trust fund established under ORS 406.050 (Additional powers and duties of director or department) for paying the expenses of operating the Oregon Veterans’ Home.

(c) If the department issues a veterans’ recognition registration plate that names, describes or represents a veterans’ group, that veterans’ group may designate an account into which the net proceeds of the surcharge collected by the department under this section are to be deposited. The department shall keep accurate records of the number of plates issued under this paragraph for each veterans’ group and, after payment of administrative expenses of the department, shall deposit moneys collected under this subsection into the specified account.

(d) Deposits under this subsection shall be made quarterly.

(3)(a) In consultation with the Department of Transportation, the Director of Veterans’ Affairs shall design the veterans’ recognition registration plate.

(b) If the department issues a veterans’ recognition registration plate to recognize a veterans’ group, the department shall, in consultation with the requesting veterans’ group, add words or a military-related decal to the veterans’ recognition registration plate that names, describes or represents the veterans’ group.

(c) The department shall add a gold star decal and the words "Gold Star Family" to a veterans’ recognition registration plate background to recognize surviving family members of persons killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.

(d) Except as otherwise required by the design, veterans’ recognition registration plates must comply with the requirements of ORS 803.535 (Size, form, material, color, design, contents).

(4) The department shall determine how many sets of veterans’ recognition registration plates will be manufactured. If the department does not sell or issue renewal for 500 sets of veterans’ recognition registration plates in any one year, the department shall cease production of veterans’ recognition registration plates. For the purposes of this section, veterans’ recognition registration plates that name, describe or represent a veterans’ group are included in the total number of veterans’ recognition registration plates issued. [2007 c.564 §2]

Note: Section 3, chapter 564, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 3. (1) The Director of Veterans’ Affairs shall pay to the Department of Transportation all of the department’s anticipated costs of issuance of the veterans’ recognition registration plate from grants, donations and gifts accepted by the director under ORS 406.050 (Additional powers and duties of director or department) that may be expended for the purpose of issuance of a veterans’ recognition registration plate.

(2) If a veterans’ group requests issuance of a veterans’ recognition registration plate under section 2 of this 2007 Act [805.105 (Veterans' recognition plates)], the group shall pay to the department all of the department’s anticipated costs of issuing a veterans’ recognition registration plate that names, describes or represents the group. The department may not begin creating or issuing the plates until the anticipated costs are paid. For purposes of this section, costs of issuing a veterans’ recognition registration plate that names, describes or represents a veterans’ group include, but are not limited to, computer programming costs and vendor set-up fees. [2007 c.564 §3]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 805—Special Registration Provisions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors805.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information