Driver Services

Military Personnel

Resident Exemptions

Special Military Exemption

This exemption allows for the renewal of a vehicle registration for one year without payment of the vehicle license tax and registration fees. There a two eligibility types. You must be a current or former member of the:

  • U.S. Armed Forces regular component, reserve component or National Guard, who served on active military duty outside of Arizona in support of a worldwide contingency operation of the U.S. Armed Forces, and who is an Arizona resident and the owner/lessee of the vehicle.
  • Arizona National Guard regular or reserve component, who served in Operations Enduring Freedom or Noble Eagle, and who is an Arizona resident and the owner/lessee of the vehicle.

Each exemption applies to no more than two vehicles. Each vehicle requires a separate exemption form. Each exemption is available for any one registration year from the date of deployment until one year after discharge. If you qualify for both exemptions, they may be claimed in different registration years, if still eligible.

A spouse, surviving spouse or legally designated representative may request an exemption on behalf of a qualifying owner/lessee who is serving on active duty, who remains listed as missing in action, or who died while serving on active duty. The date of death must be in the current or previous registration year.

Motor vehicles owned or leased must have been currently registered in Arizona in the member’s name on the date orders were received to report to active military duty.

The applicant must ensure all other registration requirements are met and submit a completed Special Military Exemption form at the time of registration.

Qualified individuals who already paid vehicle license tax and registration fees while eligible for the exemption are not entitled to a refund but may apply the paid tax and fees to that motor vehicle’s next registration year.

100 Percent Disabled Veteran

A veteran owning or co-owning a vehicle is exempt from payment of vehicle license tax or registration fee if the veteran is certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be 100-percent disabled and drawing compensation on that basis. The exemption also applies to the surviving spouse, until remarriage, and to only one vehicle or any replacement of the vehicle owned by the veteran or the surviving spouse.

VA Financial Aid

A veteran residing in Arizona is exempt from payment of vehicle license tax or registration fee for a vehicle or a replacement vehicle acquired by financial aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The exemption applies to only one vehicle or any replacement of the vehicle owned by the veteran.