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Full Text of HB0694  102nd General Assembly


Rep. Charles Meier

Filed: 3/15/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 694 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Section 3-609 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/3-609)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-609)
7    Sec. 3-609. Plates for veterans with disabilities.
8    (a) Any veteran who holds proof of a service-connected
9disability from the United States Department of Veterans
10Affairs, and who has obtained certification from a licensed
11physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice
12registered nurse that the service-connected disability
13qualifies the veteran for issuance of registration plates or
14digital registration plates or decals to a person with
15disabilities in accordance with Section 3-616, may, without
16the payment of any registration fee, make application to the



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1Secretary of State for license plates for veterans with
2disabilities displaying the international symbol of access,
3for the registration of one motor vehicle of the first
4division, one motorcycle, or one motor vehicle of the second
5division weighing not more than 8,000 pounds.
6    (b) Any veteran who holds proof of a service-connected
7disability from the United States Department of Veterans
8Affairs, and whose degree of disability has been declared to
9be 50% or more, but whose disability does not qualify the
10veteran for a plate or decal for persons with disabilities
11under Section 3-616, may, without the payment of any
12registration fee, make application to the Secretary for a
13special registration plate or digital registration plate
14without the international symbol of access for the
15registration of one motor vehicle of the first division, one
16motorcycle, or one motor vehicle of the second division
17weighing not more than 8,000 pounds.
18    (c) Renewal of such registration must be accompanied with
19documentation for eligibility of registration without fee
20unless the applicant has a permanent qualifying disability,
21and such registration plates or digital registration plates
22may not be issued to any person not eligible therefor. The
23Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs may assist in
24providing the documentation of disability.
25    (d) The design and color of the plates shall be within the
26discretion of the Secretary, except that the plates issued



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1under subsection (b) of this Section shall not contain the
2international symbol of access. The Secretary may, in his or
3her discretion, allow the plates to be issued as vanity or
4personalized plates in accordance with Section 3-405.1 of this
5Code. Registration shall be for a multi-year period and may be
6issued staggered registration.
7    (e) Any person eligible to receive license plates under
8this Section who has been approved for benefits under the
9Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax
10Relief Act, or who has claimed and received a grant under that
11Act, shall pay a fee of $24 instead of the fee otherwise
12provided in this Code for passenger cars displaying standard
13multi-year registration plates or digital registration plates
14issued under Section 3-414.1, for motor vehicles registered at
158,000 pounds or less under Section 3-815(a), or for
16recreational vehicles registered at 8,000 pounds or less under
17Section 3-815(b), for a second set of plates under this
19    (f) With respect to the supporting documentation required
20to obtain a plate under this Section, the Secretary shall
21allow an applicant to redact information on the documentation
22that pertains to the nature of the applicant's health issue,
23unless that information is necessary to confirm that the
24applicant's disability is service-connected or to establish
25the degree of the applicant's service-connected disability.
26(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18; 101-395, eff. 8-16-19;



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1101-536, eff. 1-1-20; revised 9-24-19.)
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.".