Governor signs Emmons legislation creating military service motorcycle license plate

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Sen. Judy Emmons’ legislation on Wednesday honoring U.S. veterans by allowing them to obtain specially inscribed license plates for their motorcycles.

“Michigan has a long history of paying tribute to our veterans by allowing them to use a specialty military service license plate on their cars or trucks,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Many of our veterans are motorcycle riders, and now the state will provide them that same visible honor. It may seem like a small thing, but when we see one of these plates on the road we will be reminded of their dedication and service.”

When Emmons announced the measure, she was joined by representatives of veterans’ motorcycle groups, like the American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard, in support of the legislation.

“It has been an honor to work with these groups throughout this process,” Emmons said. “I thank them for their assistance and, most importantly, for their service.”

Public Acts 73 and 74 of 2011 were also strongly supported by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who thanked Emmons for her hard work and said: “These plates honor those who have valiantly served our country and allow them to display their service with pride.”

Since 1982, inscribed plates have been available to former prisoners of war, disabled veterans, veterans of all major wars or conflicts, recipients of the Purple Heart, survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, current and former members of the National Guard and military reserve, as well as anyone retired or honorably discharged from service by any branch of the military.

The special plates will cost $5 in addition to the regular registration fee.