Purple Heart recipients may have a Purple Heart plate issued at no cost, no annual fees, and exempt from vehicle registration fees.
The SFN 51628 Application for ND Veterans Number Plate form must be completed, signed and returned with appropriate fees.
To qualify for a Purple Heart plate the application must also be signed by the State or County Veterans' Service Officer verifying eligibility.
NDCC 39-04-10.10. North Dakota Veterans' number plates-No fees for purple heart recipients
1. The director may issue distinctive number plates to individuals eligible for interment in the North Dakota veterans' cemetery. The director shall issue a number plate under this section upon receiving:
a. Payment of all other fees required under this chapter for registration of a motor vehicle;
b. Payment of an initial fee of fifteen dollars of which ten dollars is to be deposited in the highway tax distribution fund and five dollars is to be deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund unless for a plate issued to a veteran who has been awarded the purple heart, then there is not an initial fee; and
c. Verification of subsequent payments of an annual surcharge of ten dollars paid to the adjutant general unless for a plate issued to a veteran who has been awarded the purple heart, then there is not an annual surcharge.
2. The department shall collect the fees and the ten dollar surcharge under this section. The department shall report to the legislative assembly on the funds collected under this section during each legislative session. The department shall pay the funds collected under subdivisions b and c of subsection 1 to the adjutant general monthly, who then, within ten days of receipt of the funds, shall deposit five dollars of each initial fee in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund and the ten dollar surcharge shall be divided with five dollars being deposited in the veterans' cemetery trust fund and five dollars being deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund in the
state treasury. Investment of the fund is the responsibility of the state treasurer who shall have full authority to invest the fund only in the same manner as the state investment board is authorized to make investments. At the request of the adjutant general, the interest in the veterans' cemetery trust fund must be deposited in the veterans' cemetery maintenance fund for the purpose of funding salaries and maintenance of the veterans' cemetery.
3. The veterans' cemetery trust fund may accept funds from private and federal sources.
NDCC 39-04-18 (2) P: Purple Heart recipients exempt from vehicle registration fees
p. Motor vehicles not exceeding twenty-six thousand pounds [11793.40 kilograms] registered gross weight owned and operated by a veteran who was awarded the purple heart is entitled to a distinctive license plate issued by the department. This exemption applies to one motor vehicle owned by a veteran who was awarded the purple heart.