Under new law, ADOT offers vehicle license tax exemption to survivors of fallen first responders

PHOENIX – As a way of expressing gratitude to those who risk their lives protecting others, a law taking effect Jan. 1 will allow spouses and dependents of first responders killed in the line of duty to register a vehicle free of the vehicle license tax, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

These qualifying family members of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency responders may exempt one vehicle registered in their names from the vehicle license tax as well as the $8 registration fee:

  • A spouse for as long as he or she remains unmarried.
  • A child of the fallen responder who is under age 18.
  • An unmarried full-time student at least 18 years of age and under 23 years of age.
  • An unmarried dependent who suffers from a disability that began before age 23 and remains a dependent of the surviving spouse or a guardian.

Those who wish to apply for this exemption can go online to the ADOT website and download the Survivor of Fallen Responder Exemption form. The form must be certified by the employer of the fallen responder stating that the responder did work for the agency and died in the line of duty or died from injuries suffered in the line of duty. The certified form can then be turned in to the Motor Vehicle Division to get the license tax waiver.

Surviving dependents who are full-time students or disabled will be required to show proof of college enrollment or disability.

The form can be found in the MVD Forms Library at azdot.gov/mvdforms.

Those who qualify for this exemption are encouraged to keep the completed form for their records so they may use it for each year they qualify for the vehicle license tax waiver.

For more information, please visit azdot.gov/mvd.