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Legislature Fixes Oversight Denying Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption to Certain Senior Citizens

JUNEAU-The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 132, sponsored by Senator Anna Fairclough (R-East Anchorage/Eagle River), fixing an oversight in the State’s motor vehicle laws which denied certain senior citizens an exemption from motor vehicle registration fees.

Under current state law, individuals who are over the age of 65 are exempted from paying registration fees on one vehicle as long as the person is already 65-years-old on January 1 of the year when the vehicle is registered.

“If a person turns 65 today, and tries to take advantage of this exemption, even though they are 65, they wouldn’t qualify for an exemption their peers qualify for,” said Senator Fairclough. “Even worse, because the Department of Motor Vehicles offers a biennial registration, that person could be 67 before they actually receive a benefit they should have been eligible for at 65.”

This legislation will now allow any resident who is 65 years old at the time of registration to take advantage of this fee exemption, no matter what day of the year it is.

“It is important that we clarify the intent to provide a lifetime vehicle registration to Alaskans when they reach age 65,” said Senator Fairclough. “I would like to thank my colleagues in helping fix this oversight so our senior citizens can enjoy this well-earned benefit as soon as they are eligible.”

Senate Bill 132 now heads to Governor Parnell for his signature. If approved, the legislation will take effect on January 1, 2015.

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