State / Territory Benefits - Arizona

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Summary: The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services is a state agency with offices located throughout Arizona that provides direct assistance in all matters pertaining to benefits and entitlements of Veterans, their dependents and survivors. The department is responsible for apprising Veterans and their Families residing in Arizona of the federal and state benefits available to them. The department's staff offers professional services. Arizona currently offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including, Tax and License Fee Exceptions, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle License Plates, State Park benefits, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.


State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


State Taxes:

State Tax Advantage: Military retirement payments and/or survivor benefits up to $2,500.00 per year are exempt. Compensation received for active service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States for any month during any part of which members served in a combat zone is exempt.
Eligibility: Retiree for retired pay exemption and any Armed Forces Service member serving in a combat zone for combat pay exemption.

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Property Tax Exemption: There is no state property tax. Property tax is administered by county assessors. The property of Widows, Widowers, and disabled persons who are residents of the state of Arizona may be exempt from taxation to the extent allowed by Article IX § 2, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona and subject to the conditions and limitations prescribed by this section.

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Property Tax Exemption Of Veterans: Beginning with the 2003 valuation year, the property of Veterans of the uniformed services of the United States is exempt from taxation to the extent allowed by Article IX, Sections 2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona and subject to the conditions and limitations prescribed by this section (a) Pursuant to Article IX, Sections 2 and 2.3, Constitution of Arizona, the exemption from taxation under this section is allowed in the amount of three thousand dollars if the person's total assessment does not exceed ten thousand dollars (b) For the purpose of determining the amount of the allowable exemption pursuant to Subsection b, the person's total assessment does not include the value of any vehicle that is taxed under Title 28, Chapter 16, Article 3, S.B. 1188 (c) The exemption under this section applies independently to the assessed valuation determined for primary property tax purposes and for secondary property tax purposes (d) Any dollar amount of exemption that is unused in a tax year against primary and secondary property taxes may be applied for the tax year against the value of the person's personal property that is subject to taxes under 7 Title 5, Chapter 3, Article 3 And Title 28, Chapter 16, Article 3 (e) An individual is not entitled to property tax exemptions in the aggregate that exceed the maximum allowed to a Veteran and a Widow, Widower or disabled person under section 42-11111, even if the person is eligible for exemption in more than one category.

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Retired Military Pay: Up to $2,500 of retired pay and/or survivor benefits excluded.

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Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

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VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP / RSFPP: Up to $2,500 of survivor benefits excluded.

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Education Benefits:

In-state Tuition Status for Veterans: A Veteran who is honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States and residing in Arizona shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student upon honorable discharge from the armed forces. The Veteran does not lose in-state classification if the following requirements are met:

The Veteran must:

  • Maintain continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled.
  • Be registered to vote in the state of Arizona.
  • Have demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona which includes at least one of the following:
    • Arizona drivers' license.
    • Arizona motor vehicle registration.
    • Employment history in Arizona.
    • Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.
    • Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.
    • Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.

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Tuition and Fees Deferred Payment: A Veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill state-supported community colleges, colleges and universities may defer payment of tuition, fees, and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. If at the end of such period, the person has not received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs the initial benefit monies for tuition and fees, an extension may be granted until such time benefits are received.
Eligibility:
An Arizona Veteran or an eligible dependent.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.
  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Maxine Daly, Education Designee
Deputy Associate Superintendent Arizona Department of Education
Address: 1535 West Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: maxine.daly@azed.gov
Phone: 602-542-5510

John Huppenthal, Arizona MIC3 Commissioner
State Commissioner of Education Arizona Department of Education
Address: 1535 West Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: John.Huppenthal@azed.gov
Phone: 602-364-1952

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Employment Benefits

Veterans Employment Preference (State): Veterans who pass an examination for employment by the state, county or city will have 5 points added to their certification score. The Veteran must have served for more than six (6) months and be separated under honorable conditions. Veterans entitled to compensation for a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their certification score. Certain Spouses or surviving Spouses shall be given a 5 point preference if the Veteran died of a service-connected disability: or as a member of the United States Armed Forces serving no less than 90 days on active duty is (a) missing in action, (b) captured, or (c) forcibly detained or interned by a foreign power; or has total and permanent service-connected disability, or who died while such disability was in existence. A.R.S. § 38 - 492.
Eligibility:
Veterans who have been discharged from active military service with or without a disability and have served for more than six (6) months and be separated under honorable conditions.

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Veterans' Priority of Service: Priority of Service is the right of an eligible "Covered Person" to be given priority of service over an eligible non-covered person for the receipt of employment, training and placement services, notwithstanding other provisions of the law. Covered persons take precedence over non-covered persons in obtaining services and shall receive access to services and resources earlier in time than a non-covered person. If services or resources are limited, the covered person receives access instead of or before the non-covered person.
Eligibility:
You are a "Covered Person" and are entitled to Priority of Service if:


  • Served in the military and discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable,
  • Active service includes full time National Guard or Reserve component, other than full time duty for training; or
    • You are the Spouse of:
    • Any Veteran that died of a service connected disability; or
      • Missing in Action.
      • Captured in line of duty by a hostile force,
      • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government
    • Any Veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service connected disability, as evaluated by the Veterans Administration,
    • Any Veteran who died and a total disability (service connected), as evaluated by the Department of Veteran Affairs, was in existence

Special Assistance for Veterans with Disabilities: Under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Veterans may qualify for the following:

  • Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to completion of secondary school
  • Alternative school services
  • Mentoring
  • Paid and unpaid work experience (such as internships, apprenticeships or job shadowing)
  • Occupational skills training
  • Leadership development
  • Supportive services
  • Guidance counseling
  • Follow-up services

In addition, Veterans can receive assistance from Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff and  Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) who are dedicated to providing employment, training services and case management to all Veterans.

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Unemployment Compensation and Re-employment Benefits:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of state law.

How to File an unemployment Insurance Claim. Information required for filing:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • AZ Driver's License or AZ State Issued ID (Note: you may still complete your application without these two items).
  • Your mailing address, city, state and ZIP code.
  • If you live in Arizona, know the county where you reside.
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers for the last 18 months.
  • The last day you worked immediately prior to filing your UI claim.
  • If you received severance, vacation, holiday or payment for unused sick pay: give the amount (before deductions) and the date it was paid to you.
  • The name and local number of your union hall, if applicable.
  • Alien Registration Number, if applicable.
  • Copy # 4 of your DD Form 214 if released from the military in the last 18 months.
  • SF 8 or SF 50 if employed in Federal Civilian service in the last 18 months.
  • If you are collecting a pension (other than Social Security), you will need the start date of the pension and the monthly benefit amount.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security does not have Unemployment Insurance offices. You must apply online or by calling the AZ Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 1-877-600-2722.

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Arizona 'Gold Card' Veterans Employment Initiative: The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era Veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

An eligible Veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps Veterans in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible Veterans can print a Gold Card here.

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Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits:

Special Vehicle License Plates:

Gold Star Family Plate: A Gold Star plate may be obtained at an initial cost of $25 with a $25 annual renewal fee. $17.00 of fee goes towards the construction and maintenance of the Enduring Freedom Memorial. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of 5 characters. Also available in small size plate for motorcycles and golf carts. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility: Applicant must be a Spouse or (by adoption or blood) a Child, parent, brother or sister of a person who lost his/her life while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Medal of Honor Plate: A Medal of Honor Plate is issued free of charge and there are no other applicable costs to the Veteran. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility:
Must be a Medal of Honor recipient and provide an original letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services (ADVS) verifying eligibility. Available by special order only. Special Plate Application (form #96-1043) is required.

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Former Prisoner of War Plate: A Former P.O.W. Plate is issued to persons qualifying as former prisoners of war. A $15.00 application fee and a $5.00 for annual renewal. The initial application fee goes to the State Home for Veterans Trust Fund. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility:
Applicant must have been captured and incarcerated by an enemy of the U.S. during a period of conflict with the U.S., have received an honorable discharge and provide a copy of a current membership card from the American Ex-Prisoners of War Association, or an original letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services (ADVS) verifying eligibility. Special Plate Application (form #96-0143) is required. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, brother, or sister of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.

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Purple Heart Plate: A Purple Heart Plate is issued to persons qualifying as Purple Heart recipient for a $25.00 initial application fee, and $5.00 for annual renewal. The initial application fee goes to the State Home for Veterans Trust Fund. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of 5 characters for an additional $25 initial application fee and $25 annual renewal fee. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility:
Applicant must be a Veteran and a Purple Heart Medal recipient and provide a copy of a DD214 or 215, WDAGO forms 53-55, NAVPERS 553 or NAVMC 78, which indicates Purple Heart Medal recipient or provide and original letter from the Arizona Dept of Veterans' Services verifying eligibility. Special Plate Application (form #96-0143) is required. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, brother, or sister of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates: Any resident of Arizona who was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, received an honorable discharge, and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, the island of Oahu (or offshore not exceeding 3 miles), on December 7, 1941, during the hours of 7:55 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. is eligible for a Pearl Harbor distinctive number plate. An initial application fee of $25.00 is charged in addition to the registration fee with an annual renewal fee of $5.00. The initial application fee goes to the State Home for Veterans Trust Fund. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility: Veteran must have received an honorable discharge and needs to provide form 02-25, Part II from the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. Special Plate Application (form #96-0143) is required. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, brother, or sister of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.

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National Guard Plate: Any resident of Arizona who is or has been a member of the Arizona National Guard or has received an honorable discharge.  An initial and renewal fee of $25.00 is charged in addition to the regular registration fee. $17.00 of the initial and annual renewal fee goes to the Arizona National Guard morale, welfare and recreation fund. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member must submit an original certificate of eligibility form provided by the applicant's Unit Commander or Personnel Officer. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse of an eligible person.

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Veteran Plate: Any resident of Arizona who was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and received an honorable discharge may apply for a distinctive number plate. An initial and renewal fee of $25.00 is charged in addition to the registration fee. $17.00 of the initial and annual renewal fee goes to a special fund to benefit Veterans in Arizona. Special Plate Application (form #96-0143) is required. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of six characters. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.
Eligibility: Must be a Veteran and provide a copy of a DD214, 215, 2A, 2 (retired), 2 (reserve) or 1173; or provide an original statement of honorable service from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services (ADVS) or any one of the following cards: American Legion, Disabled American Veteran, Military Officers of America, Veterans Administration Medical, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, Active duty or Inactive Duty. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, brother, or sister of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.

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Military Support/Freedom Plate: Anyone may purchase the freedom plate for a cost of $25 in addition to all applicable licensing fees with an annual renewal fee of $25. $17.00 goes to a special fund to benefit Veterans in Arizona. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of seven characters. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.

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Women Veteran Plate: Anyone may purchase the Women Veteran plate for an initial and renewal fee of $25 in addition to all applicable licensing fees. $17.00 goes to Arizona Veterans Donation Fund. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of six characters. The plate is also available with a disability symbol; the applicant must complete application form #96-0104 signed by a physician or hospital administrator.

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Automatic Military Extension/5-Year License: If the expiration date on a driver's license of an active duty military member expires while on active duty, the license will remain valid for up to 6 months from the time the member leaves military service. Military personnel and dependents stationed in Arizona may also apply for a 5 year license.

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Duplicate License: We began storing digital driver license photos in July 1995. If a digital photo is on file, military personnel and their dependents may obtain a duplicate driver license. There are three ways to pay for your duplicate license:

  • Online: $12.00 (Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover credit cards only)
  • Phone: $12.00 (Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover credit cards only)
  • Mail: $12.00 by check, payable to Motor Vehicle Division. Mail to the address below. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 2100
MD 510
Phoenix, AZ 85001

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Photo Update Waiver:  All licensees are required to update their photo and pass a vision test every 12 years. However, if we have recorded your active military status these requirements will not apply.

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Disabled Veteran License Tax Exemption: A Veteran owning or co-owning a vehicle is exempt from payment of vehicle licensing tax or registration fee, if the Veteran is certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be 100% 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.

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Out-of-state Registration Renewal: Arizona residents on active military duty stationed out of state may renew a vehicle registration in three ways:

  • Online
  • Phone (888-713-3031)
  • Mail (payable by check or money order) to Motor Vehicle Division, 4005 N 51st Ave, MD 540M, Phoenix, AZ 85031.

If the Service member owns a vehicle that is located out of state at the time of renewal and is required to be tested for emissions, the Service member may apply for an out-of-state emissions exemption from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. If a vehicle registration expires and the vehicle is in storage or not being used, a Registration Penalty Waiver, 2C Non-Use may be signed at the time of registration to avoid late penalties. If the Service member wishes to maintain the current registration on a vehicle he/she owns or leases, but is temporarily not being used, a De-Insured Certificate may be submitted online. Exemption renewals must be made by mail or in person with the required proof of eligibility.

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.
Eligibility: There a two eligibility types:

  • 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.
  • Current or former member of the 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.

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Nonresident Exemptions: Active duty military personnel or public health service (PHS) officers stationed in Arizona who are not Arizona residents are not required to pay the vehicle license tax portion of the annual vehicle registration.
Eligibility: To register a vehicle, nonresident active duty military personnel must:

  • Provide an affidavit for vehicle license tax exemption of nonresident service personnel issued and certified by the commanding officer.
  • Meet all applicable vehicle emissions test requirements.
  • Pay a registration fee and, if applicable, commercial registration and weight fees, motor carrier fees and/or any late registration penalty fees that may apply.

When the nonresident Service member is assigned overseas and the Spouse or dependent must remain in Arizona, the exemption still applies if the nonresident service person's name appears on the vehicle title. The nonresident Service member must have been on military assignment in Arizona at the time the overseas orders were issued.

This applies only to vehicles owned or leased by the applicant and is reduced by the number of registered owners on the vehicle (Example: If husband and wife are both registered owners of the vehicle and only one is on active duty, then 50% of the vehicle license tax is due). A new exemption affidavit must be submitted each year.

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CDL Skills Test Waiver: Eligible military personnel or Veterans may have the Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills tests waived when applying for a CDL.

The applicant must meet these two conditions:

  • Is either on active duty or separated within the last year under honorable conditions.
  • Certify that he or she has operated a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or equivalent for at least two years immediately preceding discharge or applying for the waiver procedure.

Fill out the application for Military Skills Test Waiver, form 96-0680.

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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.

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Veteran Designation: A Veteran Designation on an Arizona driver license, instruction permit or identification card is available to U.S. military Veterans or active duty Service members. The word "VETERAN" will be printed on the front of the license/permit/ID in blue lettering. Those who would like the designation should fill out the Arizona Driver License/Identification Card application (40-5122) or Commercial Driver License application (40-5124) and check the Veteran Designation box.

One of the following Documents must be presented at the time of application:=

  • Original or copy of the customer's DD214, 215, 2 (Retired), 2 (Reserve), DD217
  • Active duty military identification card (also known as the United States Uniformed Services Identification Card or the Armed Forces of the United States Geneva Conventions Identification Card)
  • Inactive duty card
  • Original Statement of Honorable Service from the Department of Veteran Affairs or Arizona Department of Veteran's Services.
  • Certificate of Honorable Discharge
  • American Legion card
  • Disabled American Veteran card
  • Military Officers of America card
  • Veterans Administration Medical card
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars card
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Vietnam Veterans of America card

 

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Injury Benefits: A member of the Arizona National Guard, Arizona state guard or unorganized militia shall be deemed a state employee and entitled to coverage under the Arizona workers' compensation law at all times while the member is receiving the payment of the member's military salary from the state of Arizona under competent military orders or upon order of the governor. Compensation benefits shall be based upon the monthly military pay rate to which the member is entitled at the time of injury, but not less than a salary of four hundred dollars per month, nor more than the maximum provided by the workers' compensation law. No Arizona compensation benefits shall inure to a member compensable under federal law.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service members on State Active Duty

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Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Death Benefit: Per Arizona Revised Statutes 23-1046 under Workers' Compensation Law: In the case of an injury causing death, temporary employees (State Active Duty) are covered under the State of Arizona Workers' Compensation Laws. Benefits are:

  • Up to $5,000 in burial expenses
  • To the Widow/Widower, if childless, 66 2/3% of average wage of the deceased, to be paid until such Spouse's death or upon remarriage with an additional 2 years compensation in one lump sum upon remarriage
  • To the Widow/Widower if Children exist, an additional amount of 35% of the average wage to be divided equally among them until the age of eighteen years, until the age of twenty-two years if the Child is enrolled as a full-time student in any accredited educational institution, or if over eighteen years and incapable of self-support until the Child becomes capable of self-support.
  • In certain cases, surviving parents and siblings may be entitled to compensation
  • In the event of death of a dependent before expiration of the time named in the award, the funeral expenses of such person, not to exceed eight hundred dollars, shall be paid.

Eligibility: National Guard Service members on State Active Duty

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Group Insurance: State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) is a term life insurance program designed by Guardsmen for Guardsmen. SSLI is a supplemental program and not designed to replace SGLI.

Coverage Overview:

  • $1,000 No Cost life insurance coverage on each Soldier and Airmen
  • Coverage available from $10,000 to $260,000 on National Guard members under 50. Members over 50 can get $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Coverage available from $5,000 to $155,000 on Spouses under 50. Spouses over 50 can get $5,000 to $25,000.
  • Coverage available to $5,000 for Children
  • Coverage continues until age 70
  • Emergency benefits are paid within 24 hours of notification. (No death certificate required)
  • Coverage remains the same and monthly rates do not change when you retire or leave the National Guard. One increase at age 50 and a second and final increase at age 60.
  • Monthly premiums are payroll deducted.
  • Provides an Emergency Death Benefit up to $25,000 within 24 hours of notification.
  • Provides a $40,000 scholarship fund to a surviving Spouse or Child of an insured member with $100,000 or more of coverage who dies in a combat zone or as a result of terrorism.
  • No war, aviation, or, terrorism clauses.
  • There is a two year suicide clause.

Eligibility: National Guard Service members and eligible dependents.

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Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Complimentary Hunting and Fishing Licenses for 100% Disabled Veterans: Licenses will be issued free of charge to a disabled Veteran who has been a resident of Arizona for at least one year immediately preceding the application. The Disabled Veteran's License grants all the privileges of a Hunt/Fish Combination License.
Eligibility:
A disabled Veteran who is receiving compensation from the United States government for permanent and total service connected disabilities rated at 100% disabling. A VA rating of 100% Individual Un-employability is not authorized to receive this license. This is based on the disability rating, not on the compensation received by the Veteran. The Disabled Veteran's License grants all the privileges of a Hunt/Fish Combination License.

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Hunting and Fishing License Residency: Service members are considered residents for licensing purposes if they are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty and stationed in Arizona; or who is stationed outside of the state but lists Arizona as their home of record at the time of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp is considered a Resident for the purpose of applying for a fishing license or stamp. Purchase license here.

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Arizona State Parks Veterans Discount Program: The new ASP Veteran Discount Program provides the following:

  • 50% day-use discount to all active duty, guard and reserve military Veterans and up to three accompanying adult Family members
  • 50% day-use discount to all Arizona-resident (AZ Driver's License address) retired military Veterans and up to three accompanying adult Family members
  • 50% day-use discount to all Service Disabled (10%-90% or 100% Individual Un-employability), Veterans and up to three accompanying adult Family members. (Provide proof of military service and a verbal or written statement of Service Connected Disability)
  • FREE day-use pass to all 100% Service Disabled Veterans and up to three accompanying adult Family members. (Provide VA-Certified proof of 100% Service Connected Disability)

Program does not apply to Kartchner Caverns State Park cave tour tickets, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, special use fees, special program fees, special events fees, special event admission fees, any applicable reservation fees, camping fees or overnight parking fees.

To receive your pass, bring your disabled Veteran documentation or your current Military ID to a park Visitor Center and request a Veterans Discount Program pass. Pass expires 2 years from date of issue.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:  

Arizona Military Family Relief Fund: The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund (AMFRF) was established by the Arizona Legislature in 2007 to provide financial assistance to the Families of currently deployed Service Members and post-9/11 Military and Veteran Families for hardships caused by the Service Member's deployment to a combat zone. Assistance from the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund is determined by an Advisory Committee, which is comprised of twelve members appointed by the Governor as well as the Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services.
Eligibility:
Service Members and Post-9/11 Veterans must meet all three eligibility requirements:

  • Deployed to a combat zone after September 11, 2001,
  • Claimed Arizona as home of record, or was a member of the Arizona National Guard or Reserve Component at the time of combat deployment, deployed to a combat zone from an Arizona military installation, and
  • Hardship occurred during deployment, or is caused, related or contributed to by combat deployment.

AMFRF eligibility, requirements, instructions, and application for assistance may be found online HERE.

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Arizona State Veteran Homes: The mission of the Arizona State Veteran Homes is to provide professional skilled nursing and rehabilitative care for the geriatric and chronically ill Veteran and dependent/surviving Spouses throughout the State of Arizona. Our goal is for each Veteran to attain or maintain his or her highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being. The Arizona State Veteran Homes are located in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.


The Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix (ASVH-PHX) is a State owned and operated facility built next to the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Steele Indian School Park. ASVH-PHX serves the long term care and rehabilitative needs of the Veterans of Arizona. The 200 beds are divided into 150 long term care beds, a 25 bed memory care unit and a 25 bed Medicare/rehab focused unit. ASVH-PHX Application

The Arizona State Veteran Home - Tucson site is located adjacent to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (VA Hospital) in Tucson. This facility is a 120 bed skilled nursing facility offering many amenities to Arizona's Veterans such as all private rooms, full baths, and selective dining in a homelike environment. AVSH-Tucson Application


Eligibility:
Honorably separated Veterans to including Spouses, Widows(ers) and Gold Star parents are eligible for admission. National Guard and Reservists who have served a minimum of 180 days of continuous active military duty for other than training are also eligible. The applicant must require skilled nursing care as determined by a physician.

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Troops to Teachers (TTT): State Offices provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification and employment leads. The TTT homepage provides information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education. Troops to Teachers is not a teacher certification program. Troops to Teacher's Candidates must meet all state teacher certification requirements for the state where they desire to teach. Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals.

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Arizona State Cemeteries: Arizona has three State Veteran Cemeteries: The Southern Arizona Veterans' Cemetery is located in Sierra Vista. The Arizona Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo is located in Bellemont and finally the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Marana. Veterans may choose:

  1. A columbaria niche (which includes an inscribed granite niche marker) or
  2. A full casket, in ground burial (which includes an inscribed upright grave marker and a single or double concrete crypt liner).
  3. Memorial bronze markers, for individuals or groups, are furnished for eligible deceased active duty Service members and Veterans whose remains are not recovered or identified, are buried at sea, donated to science or whose cremated remains have been scattered.

Eligibility: Any Veteran who has other than a dishonorable discharge is eligible for burial. Spouses, un-remarried Widow(ers), minor Children and certain dependents are also eligible for burial. There is no charge for interment for Veterans and a onetime nominal fee of $300 for eligible Spouses and dependents. Also eligible for burial are members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, National Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps who die while on active duty for training or performing service, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the Armed Forces creditable for retired pay.

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Arizona: 

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Phoenix: Phoenix VA Health Care System, 650 E Indian School Rd, 602-277-5551 / 800-554-7174
Prescott: Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, 500 Hwy 89N, 928-445-4860 / 800-949-1005
Tucson: Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 3601 S 6th Ave, 520-792-1450 / 800-470-8262

Outpatient Clinic
Chinle: Chinle Comprehensive Care Facility (Indian Health Services), Hwy 191 and Hospital Dr, 928-674-7675
Holbrook: Holbrook Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic, 33 West Vista Dr, 928-524-1050
Page:  Page Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic, 801 N Navajo Dr, Ste-B, 928-645-4966
Polacca: Polacca Primary Care Outpatient Clinic, Highway 264 Mile Post 388, 928-283-4465
Tuba City: Tuba City Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinic, 167 N Main St, PO Box 600, 928-283-4465 / Fax: 928-283-5916  

Community Based Outpatient Clinic:
Anthem: Anthem CBOC, 3618 West Anthem Way, Bldg D, #120, 623-249-2300 / 800-949-1005 x2300
Casa Grande: Casa Grande CBOC, 1876 E Sabin Dr, Bldg A, Suite 15, 520-836-2536 / Fax: 520-876-5794
Cottonwood: Cottonwood CBOC, 501 S. Willard, 928-649-1523
Flagstaff: Flagstaff CBOC, 1300 W. University Ave, Suite 200, 928-226-1056 / 800-949-1005 x5650
Gilbert: Southeast VA Health Care Clinic, 3285 S. Val Vista Dr, 480-397-2800, Fax: 480-825-7282
Globe: Globe-Miami VA Health Care Clinic, 5860 S. Hospital Dr, Suite 111, 928-425-0027
Green Valley: Green Valley CBOC, 380 W. Hermosa Dr, #140, 520-399-2291 / Fax: 520-399-0180
Kingman: Kingman CBOC, 2668 Hualapai Mountain Rd, 928-718-7300
Lake Havasu City: Lake Havasu City CBOC, 2035 Mesquite Ave, Suite D, 928-505-7100 / 800-949-1005 x7100
Payson: Payson VA Health Care Clinic, 903 E State Hwy, 928-468-2100 / Fax: 928-474-7415
Phoenix: Thunderbird VA Health Care Clinic, 9424 N 25th Ave, 602-633-6900
Safford: Safford Clinic, 355 N. 8th Ave, 928-428-8010 / Fax: 928-348-9735
Scottsdale: Northeast CBOC (Phoenix), 11390 E. Via Linda Rd, Ste 105, 480-579-2200 / Fax: 480-656-3333
Show Low: Show Low VA Health Care Clinic, 5171 Cub Lake Rd, Suite C380, 928-532-1069
Sierra Vista: Sierra Vista Clinic, 101 N. Coronado Dr, Suite A, 520-459-1529 / Fax: 520-459-3654
Surprise: Northwest VA Health Care Clinic, 13985 W. Grand Ave, Suite 101, 623-251-2884
Tucson: VA Northwest Tucson Clinic, 2945 W. Ina Rd, 520-219-2418 / Fax: 520-219-2332
Tucson: VA Southeast Tucson Clinic, 7395 S. Houghton Rd, Ste 129, 520-664-1831 / Fax: 520-664-1842
Yuma: Yuma Clinic, 3111 S. 4th Ave, 928-317-9973 / Fax: 928-344-5314

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Chinle: Chinle Vet Center Outstation, Navajo Rt. 7, Old BIA Complex B59, 928-674-3682 / Fax: 928-674-5640
Hotevilla: Hopi Vet Center Outstation, 1 Main St, 928-734-5166/ Fax: 928-738-5531
Lake Havasu: Lake Havasu Vet Center, 1720 Mesquite Ste 101, 928-505-0394 / Fax: 928-854-5239
Mesa: Mesa Vet Center, 1303 S. Longmore, Suite 5, 480-610-6727 / Fax: 480-464-3526
Peoria: West Valley Vet Center, 14050 N. 83rd Ave, Suite 170, 623-398-8854 / Fax: 623-398-6478
Phoenix: Phoenix Vet Center, 4020 N. 20th St #110, 602-640-2981 / Fax: 602-640-2967
Prescott: Prescott Vet Center (Dr Cameron McKinley Vet Center), 3180 Stillwater Dr, Suite A, 928-778-3469 / Fax: 928-776-6042
Tucson: Tucson Vet Center, 2525 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite 100, 520-882-0333 / Fax: 520-670-5862
Yuma: Yuma Vet Center, 1450 E. 16th St, Suite 103, 928-271-8700 / Fax: 928-726-1343
Casa Grande: Casa Grande Rural Health Care Coordination Center, 1179 E. Cottonwood Ln, Suite 1, 520-629-4801 /  Fax:  520-518-5629
Sierra Vista: Sierra Vista Rural Health Care Coordination Center, 157 North Coronado Dr, Suite B, 520-629-4802 / Fax: 520-335-2380

VISN:
Gilbert: VISN 18: VA Southwest Health Care Network, 335 E. Germann Rd, Suite 201, 480-397-2700

Veterans Benefits Administration
Area Office
Phoenix: Pacific District, 3333 North Central Ave, Suite 3026, 800-827-1000

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Fort Huachuca: Fort Huachuca, ACAP Center (ATZS-ESD-A), Bldg 22420, Rm 1, Butler Rd
Luke AFB: Luke Air Force Base, 56 MSS/DFB Bldg 1113, 7282 N 137th Ave
Tucson: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Benefits Counseling Office

Regional Benefit Office:
Phoenix: Phoenix Regional Benefit Office, 3333 North Central Ave

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Phoenix:   National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Rd, 480-513-3600 / Fax: 480- 513-1412
Prescott:  Prescott National Cemetery, 500 Hwy 89 North, 928-717-7569 / Fax: 928-717-7570

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Arizona Department of Veterans Services
3839 N 3rd St. Suite 200
Phoenix AZ, 85012
602-255-3373
Website: https://dvs.az.gov/ 

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Military Installations in Arizona

Please see the Arizona Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty 

Army
Fort Huachuca
Yuma Proving Grounds 

Marines
MC Air Station Yuma 

Air Force
Davis-Monthan AFB
Luke AFB

National Guard

Arizona Department of Military Affairs
Arizona Army National Guard
Arizona Air National Guard 

U.S. Army Reserve

63rd Regional Support Command 

  

Resources

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-alabama-iowa#ARIZONA 

http://azdot.gov/mvd/hours-and-locations 

https://dvs.az.gov/ 

http://www.legion.org/education/statebenefits/arizona 

https://des.az.gov/search/node/main%20aspx 

https://des.az.gov/services/employment/overview-veterans-program

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/ 

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/arizona.aspx 

http://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/state-council-education-military-children 

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Document Review Date: 30 March 2016