Arizona Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Arizona Military and Veteran Benefits: Arizona offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families 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.

Arizona Veterans Benefits Counselors (VBCs): The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services has a network of trained VBCs that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans’ benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge. To request an appointment to speak with a VBC, call 602-535-1215.

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Arizona Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Arizona Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Arizona Income Tax on Military Pay: Arizona does not tax pay received by Service members in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Arizona Income Tax Exemption for Military Retired Pay: Beginning in tax year 2020, all military retired pay is exempt from Arizona income taxes.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subject to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.
Arizona Governors Press Release - June 30, 2021

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Arizona State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Arizona State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

Arizona State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Arizona State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Arizona State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not subject to Arizona income taxes.Burial Flag

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Nonresident Military Spouses do not Pay Arizona Income Tax: Income earned in Arizona by a nonresident Spouse of an active duty Service member is not taxed in Arizona if all the following apply:

  • Service member is in Arizona in compliance with military orders

  • Spouse is in Arizona only to be with the active duty Service member

  • Spouse has the same state of residence as the Service member

The military Spouse’s income is subject to state income tax in their state of residence.

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Arizona Property Tax Exemptions for Surviving Spouses and Disabled Persons: There is no state property tax. Property tax is administered by county assessors. The property of Surviving Spouses and disabled persons who are residents of Arizona may be exempt from taxation to the extent allowed by law.3 people walking in a veteran cemtery

Valuations for the current tax year are available from the county assessor after January 1st of each year. The exemption is applied to the real estate first, then to a mobile home or an automobile.
Who is eligible for Arizona Property Tax Exemptions for Surviving Spouses and Disabled Persons? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Arizona resident

  • Total assessed value of property in Arizona must not exceed $28,459 for the 2022 tax year

  • Total income from all sources, excluding social security, cannot exceed $34,901 for the 2022 tax year

  • If Children under 18 years of age or disabled Children live in the household, income cannot exceed $41,870 for the 2022 tax year.

For Disabled persons exemptions the disability must be total and permanent and certified by a licensed physician. For Surviving Spouses, the applicant and Spouse must have been Arizona residents at time of Spouse’s death, or applicant must have been a Surviving Spouse residing in Arizona prior to January 1, 1969.

Applicants should contact their local county assessors to apply.
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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Arizona In-State Tuition Status for Veterans and their Dependents : Eligible Veterans and their dependents can be granted immediate residency, making them eligible for in-state tuition rates when using VA educational benefits. soldier taking notes
Who is eligible for Arizona In-State Tuition Status for Veterans and their Dependents? To be eligible students must be a Veteran, the Spouse or dependent of a Veteran, that has been discharged within the last 36 months from a period of active duty that was 90 days or longer and using either VA Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 benefits.

Students must also comply with the following requirements:

  • Live in Arizona

  • Complete one of the following:

    • Register to vote in Arizona

    • Get an Arizona driver license

    • Register a motor vehicle in Arizona

    • Work 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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Veterans and their Dependents Tuition and Fees Deferred at Arizona State Supported Schools: Any student that is using VA educational benefits at an Arizona community college, college or university is eligible for a deferment of payment of tuition, fees, required books and materials for up to 120 days, with no interest.
Who is eligible for Veterans and their Dependents Tuition and Fees Deferred at Arizona State Supported Schools? An Arizona Veteran or their dependent is eligible for the deferment while awaiting VA education benefits.

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Tuition Waivers at Arizona Public Educational Institutions for Service Members, Veterans and Dependents: Arizona offers tuition waivers at public educational institutions for eligible Veterans, Service members and their Family members.

The waiver is for up to the required number of credits for a bachelor’s degree and may be used at Arizona community colleges and public universities.
Who are eligible Tuition Waivers at Arizona Public Educational Institutions for Service Members, Veterans and Dependents? Students must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible for a tuition waiver:

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse and/or Children (under 30 years of age) of a Service member who is an Arizona resident or was stationed in Arizona, who was killed in the line of duty or died from injuries suffered in the line of duty

  • Arizona National Guard Service member that received the Purple Heart after September 11, 2001

  • U.S. Armed Forces Service member, who is an Arizona resident or was stationed in Arizona, when they received a Purple Heart and has a disability rating of 50% or more from the VA

  • Arizona National Guard Service member who was medically discharged from the Arizona National Guard due to a service-connected injury or disability.

For questions, email benefits@azdvs.gov or call 602-234-5804. To apply for a tuition waiver applicants must submit a completed Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Tuition Waiver and Verification form by mail or email to:


Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 N 3rd St - Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1570

Email: benefits@azdvs.gov

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Arizona National Guard State Tuition Reimbursement (STR): STR is a tuition reimbursement program available to eligible Arizona National Guard members for education programs to support their professional and personal self-development goals. STR will pay up to $250 per semester hour not to exceed $4,000 per state fiscal year.
Who is eligible for STR? STR eligibility is limited to Arizona National Guard members who:

  • Completed a semester as a full or part-time student at a university, community college, vocational/ technical school or a VA qualified correspondence course.

  • Actively drilling member of the Arizona National Guard through the entire time reimbursement is requested

  • Completed Initial Active Duty for Training /Technical Training or Student Flight Training and maintains 90% attendance at scheduled Unit Training Assemblies and annual training

  • Maintained an average academic grade of “C” (or its equivalent) for each course, reimbursement will not be made for courses with a final grade of less than “C”.

For questions contact the Arizona National Guard Education Services Office at 602-267-2445.
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Arizona Honorary Diploma Program for War Time Veterans: Arizona’s Honorary Diploma program will provide high school diplomas to eligible Veterans that left high school before graduating to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korea or Vietnam.
Who is eligible for an Honorary High School Diploma? To be eligible Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Arizona Resident

  • Left school to serve during World War II, Korea, or Vietnam

  • Received an honorable discharge.

To request an honorary diploma, Veterans must provide documented evidence that they enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces before completing high school, verification of military service and that they received an honorable discharge. The Surviving Spouse or other immediate Family member of a deceased Veteran may request a diploma.

To apply complete the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Service, Honorary Diploma Application, provide required documentation by email to benefits@azdvs.gov or by mail to

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 N 3rd St - Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1570

For questions or more information email benefits@azdvs.gov or call 602-255-3373.

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

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

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Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 602-542-4000

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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Arizona State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Arizona offers Veteran’s preference to applicants who test for Arizona public employment. Preference is given by soldier jumping over obstaclesadding points to passing scores on employment exams.
Who is eligible for Arizona State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference? Points are added to the following applicants scores:

Veteran Preference (5 Points) – Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least six months and received an honorable discharge.

Disabled Veteran (10 Points) – Veteran that received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and has a service-connected disability or is receiving compensation or disability retirement benefits.

Veteran’s Spouse/ Surviving Spouse (5 Points) - A Spouse or Surviving Spouse of a:

  • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

  • Service member listed for 90 days or more as:

    • Missing in action

    • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force

    • Forcibly detained or interred in the line of duty by a foreign government or power

  • Veteran that has total and permanent service-connected disability, or who died while such disability was in existence.

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Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemploymsoldier kneelingent rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
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Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Veterans' Priority of Service and Employment Assistance: DES offices offer priority of service to eligible Veterans and certain Spouses/ Surviving Spouses for employment training and placement services.

Priority of service means:

  • Receiving access to a service or resource earlier than those not eligible

  • When services or resources are limited, those eligible receive access before or instead of others

DES offices also offers additional services to disabled Veterans:

  • 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

Who is eligible for Priority of Service at Arizona DES Offices? The following individuals are eligible for priority of service:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge or release under conditions other than dishonorable (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouse /Surviving Spouse of a:

    • Veteran who died of a service-connected disability

    • Veteran who has a total service-connected disability

    • Veteran who died while a disability was in existence

    • Service member that died on active duty

    • Service member listed for 90 days or more as:

      • Missing in action

      • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force

      • Forcibly detained or interred in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.

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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Arizona Unemployment Insurance (UI): UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income. Benefits are not based on financial need.

To be eligible for UI applicants must be able to work, available for work and actively seeking employment. Applicants should file for UI as soon as possible after the last day of work.

Applicants will need the following information to file a UI claim:

  • Social Security Number

  • Arizona Driver's License or Arizona State Issued ID

  • Mailing address, and Arizona county of residence

  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of all employers for the last 18 months

  • Severance, vacation, holiday or payment for unused sick pay, (amount before deductions and date paid)

  • Name and number of union hall (if applicable)

  • Alien Registration Number (if applicable)

  • DD214 (Copy# 4) if released from the U.S. Armed Forces in the last 18 months

  • SF8 or SF50 if employed in federal civilian service in the last 18 months

  • Start date and monthly benefit amount of any pension (other than Social Security).

Applicants can file UI online at the Arizona Department of Economic Security Unemployment Claim Portal, by phone at 1-877-600-2722, or by mail using the Arizona Initial Claim for UI form (submission instructions are on the form).
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Apply for UI Benefits Webpage
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Guide to UI Benefits

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Arizona 'Gold Card' Veterans Employment Initiative: The Gold Card initiative provides unemployed post-9/11 era Veterans with employment assistance and follow-up services at Arizona CareerOneStop, American Job Centers. 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).

Eligible Veterans can receive the following services:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing

  • Individual Development Plan

  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling

  • Labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information

  • Job referrals

  • Referral to apprenticeship programs

  • Training referrals

  • Monthly follow-up by case manager for up to six months.

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Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS), Veteran Toolkit Program: The ADVS Veteran Tool Kit Program was created to help unemployed Veterans get the supplies needed to start working.

Items available include:

  • Work clothing

  • Tools

  • Protective equipment

  • Transportation

  • Essential electronic devices

Who is eligible for the ADVS, Veteran Toolkit Program? Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

Veterans can apply at any ARIZONA@WORK location .
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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Benefits?

Veteran Designation on Arizona Driver Licenses, Instruction Permits and Identification (ID) Cards: Arizona offers a Veteran Designation on an Arizona driver licenses, instruction permits, or ID cards for U.S. Armed Forces Veterans that received a discharge other than dishonorable and active duty Service members.Drivers License with Veterans Designation

The Veteran Designation can be applied for at any Arizona Motor Vehicle Division field office or third party vendor that processes driver license transactions.
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Applicants must provide one of the following documents when they apply:

  • DD214, DD215, DD2 (Retired), DD2 (Reserve), DD217

  • Active duty military ID card (CAC)

  • Inactive duty ID card

  • Original Statement of Honorable Service from the VA or Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

  • Certificate of Honorable Discharge

  • American Legion ID card

  • Disabled American Veteran ID card

  • Military Officers of America ID card

  • VA Medical card

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars ID card

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart

  • Vietnam Veterans of America ID card

Arizona Department of Transportation, Driver License/ ID Card Application (Form 40-5122)

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Arizona Military and Veterans Special Vehicle License Plates: The Arizona Department of Transportation offers 24 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

All military and Veteran license plates are available with the international symbol of access. Disabled applicants must provide a completed Arizona Department of Transportation, Individual Disability - Hearing Impaired Plate/ Placard Application when they apply.

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Medal of Honor plate Arizona Medal of Honor License Plate: The Arizona Medal of Honor license plate is available free of charge to Medal of Honor recipients. Applicants must provide an original letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services verifying eligibility. This license plate is available by special order only using the Arizona Department of Transportation, Special Plate Application Form 96-0143.

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AZ Purple Heart Plate Arizona Purple Heart License Plate: The Arizona Purple Heart license plate is available to Veterans that are Purple Heart recipients for a $25 initial application fee, and $5 annual renewal fee. For an additional $25 this plate may be personalized with a maximum of 5 characters. This license plate is available by special order only using the Arizona Department of Transportation, Special Plate Application Form 96-0143 .

Applicant must provide a copy of their DD214 or DD215, WDAGO forms 53-55, NAVPERS 553 or NAVMC 78, which indicates they are a Purple Heart recipient or provide an original letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services verifying eligibility. The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, or sibling of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.
Arizona Department of Transportation, Special Plate Application Form 96-0143

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AZ Veteran Plate Arizona Veteran License Plate: The Arizona Veteran license plate is available to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that received an honorable discharge for a $25 initial fee and a $25 annual renewal fee. These license plates may be ordered online from the Arizona Department of Transportation, Online Special License Plate webpage. For an additional $25 fee the plate may be personalized with a maximum of six characters.

Applicants are required to provide one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • Copy of the DD214, DD215, DD2-retired, DD2-Reserve or DD1173

  • Original statement of honorable service from the VA or the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

  • American Legion ID card

  • Disabled American Veterans ID card

  • Military Officers of America ID card

  • VA Medical ID card

  • Veteran of Foreign Wars ID card

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart

  • Vietnam Veterans of America ID card

  • Active duty ID card

The plate may also be issued to the Spouse, parent, Child, or sibling of an eligible person who has been issued this plate.
Arizona Department of Veterans' Services, Veteran License Plate Information

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AZ Gold Star plate Arizona Gold Star Family License Plate: The Arizona Gold Star Family License plate is available to the Spouse, Child (by adoption or blood), parent, or sibling of a Service member that died while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for a $25 initial fee and a $25 annual renewal fee. These license plates may be ordered online from the Arizona Department of Transportation, Online Special License Plate webpage. The plate may be personalized with a maximum of five characters.

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Arizona Driver License Extension for Active Military: The Arizona driver license of a resident Service member remains valid until six months after discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Service Member Exemption from Arizona Driver License Photo Update and Vision Test Requirement: Service members that have an Arizona driver license and record with the Arizona Department of Transportation that they are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are exempt from having to update their photo and pass a vision test every 12 years.

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Arizona Registration Renewal for Out of State Military Personnel: Arizona residents on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that are stationed out of state may renew their vehicle registration online at the Arizona Department of Transportation, Online Vehicle Registration Renewal webpage , or by mail to:military vehicles in storage

Motor Vehicle Division
PO Box 29035
Phoenix, AZ 85038
(pay by check or money order)

If a Service member is out of state at the time of renewal and their vehicle requires an emissions test they may apply online for a Military Out of State Emissions Exemption.

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Arizona Resident Special Military Vehicle License Tax Exemption: Arizona offers deployed Service members a one year exemption on vehicle license tax and registration fees, once per deployment for up to two vehicles. This exemption can be claimed during the deployment and for up to one year after the Service member redeploys or is released from active duty.
Who is eligible for the Arizona Resident Special Military Vehicle License Tax Exemption? The Service member must meet all the qualifications below:

  • Arizona resident owner or lessee of a vehicle

  • Service member in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Deployed in support of a worldwide contingency operation.

A Spouse, Surviving Spouse or legally designated representative may request an exemption on behalf of a Service member who is serving on active duty and is listed as missing in action, or who dies while serving on active duty. The date of death must be in the current or previous registration year.

Applicants for the exemption must ensure all other registration requirements are met and submit a completed Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, Special Military Exemption form for each vehicle and military orders at the time of registration.

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Arizona 100% Disabled Veteran License Tax and Registration Fee Exemption: Veterans that are 100% disabled and receiving compensation from the VA are eligible for a vehicle license tax and registration fee exemption for one vehicle that they own or co-own.

The Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran that received this exemption is eligible if they do not remarry.

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Arizona Resident Vehicle Bought with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Aid, License Tax and Registration Fee Exemption: Veterans that receive financial assistance from the VA to purchase a specially adapted vehicle are exempt from vehicle license tax and registration fee.

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Arizona Nonresident Active Duty Military Personnel Exempt from License Tax Portion of Vehicle Registration: Active duty Service members stationed in Arizona who are not Arizona residents are not required to pay the vehicle license tax portion of the annual vehicle registration.
Who is eligible for an Exemption of the License Tax Portion of Vehicle Registration?
To register a vehicle, nonresident active duty Service members must:

  • Provide an affidavit for vehicle license tax exemption of nonresident service personnel issued and certified by their commanding officer or a military Leave and Earnings Statement

  • Meet all applicable vehicle emissions test requirements

  • Pay any other required fees.

If a nonresident Service member is reassigned overseas from an Arizona duty station and the Spouse or dependent remain in Arizona, this exemption will still apply (nonresident Service member’s name must appear on the vehicle title).

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Arizona Commercial Driver License Skills Test Waiver: Arizona offers a CDL Skills Test Waiver to Service members and former Service members based on their military training and experience.

Applicant must meet these two conditions:

  • On active duty or separated within the last year under honorable conditions

  • Operated a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) similar to the commercial vehicle class they are applying for at least two years immediately prior to discharge or applying for the waiver

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Not had more than one license (except for a military license) in the past two years

  • Not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled in the past two years

  • Not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses (listed on the application)

  • Not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations (listed on the application)

  • Have not had had any conviction for a violation of military, state or local laws relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) as a result of a traffic accident and has no record of an accident in which they were at fault.

Applicants must submit a completed application (including certification by their commanding officer) to any Arizona Department of Transportation CDL office to apply.
Arizona Department of Transportation, Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, Form 96-0680
Arizona Department of Transportation, Commercial Diver License Information Page
Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division Office Directory

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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Arizona National Guard Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death that Occurs in the Line of Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation: Arizona National Guard Service members that are injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for medical coverage and compensation under Arizona Workers’ Compensation laws.

Workers' compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation. Arizona Workers’ Compensation Laws, Title 23, Chapter 6
Who is eligible for Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death that Occurs in the Line of Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation? Arizona National Guard Service members injured, become ill, disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for coverage and compensation.

Learn more about Arizona National Guard Coverage for Injury, Illness, Disability and Death that Occurs in the Line of Duty Covered by Workers’ Compensation

Arizona State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for National Guard Service Members: SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Arizona is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Arizona National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

National Guard Association of Arizona logo Coverage Overview:

  • Coverage available up to $260,000 for Service members

  • Coverage available for Spouses and Children

  • Coverage continues until age 70

  • Benefits paid within 24-48 hours of notification (No death certificate required)

  • Rates do not go up when Service members separate from the National Guard (one increase at age 50 and a second increase at age 60)

  • Monthly premiums can be payroll deducted

  • No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses

  • Two-year suicide clause.

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of Arizona State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members? Arizona National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.

Learn more about Arizona State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Tricare Reserve Select 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 a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free or Reduced Price Arizona Hunting and Fishing Combination License for Disabled Veterans: Arizona offers free or reduced price hunting and fishing combination licenses to eligible disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for Free or Reduced Price Arizona Hunting and Fishing Combination License for Disabled Veterans?
To be eligible Veterans must have been an Arizona resident for at least one year prior to application and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Free License – Veterans that have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Reduced Fee ($42) License – Veterans that have less than 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA.

Game and Fish Logo Arizona Game and Fish Department, Application for Reduced Disabled Veteran’s License
Arizona Game and Fish Department, Application for Disabled Veteran’s License

Applications and proof of military service may be submitted at any Arizona Game and Fish Department office or by mail to:

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn: Front counter
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

An optional plastic card license may be purchased for $4. Include a check or money order if you are applying by mail.
Arizona Game and Fish Department Office Directory

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Arizona Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Service Members and their Spouse at Resident Rates: Nonresident active duty Service members and their Spouse that are stationed in Arizona for 30 or more days for either permanent or temporary duty are eligible to purchase Arizona Game and Fish Department licenses for resident prices.
Arizona Game and Fish Department, Residency Brochure

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AZ State Park Arizona State Parks Veterans Discount Program: Arizona State Parks offers several discounts to Service members and Veterans. Discounts apply to the pass holder and up to three accompanying adults

  • All Active Military, National Guard and Reserves – Show military ID at gate to receive 50% off the day-use entrance

  • Partially Disabled Veteran - 50% off day use pass for all service-connected disabled Veterans with a disability rating from the VA between 10-90%, Veterans must provide a copy of their VA disability letter to prove eligibility

  • Arizona Resident - Retired Veterans - 50% off day use pass for retired Veterans, Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 or retired military ID card and their Arizona driver license

  • 100% Disabled Veterans - Free day-use pass for all service-connected disabled Veterans with a disability rating from the VA of 100%, Veterans must provide a copy of their VA disability letter to prove eligibility.

Discounts are not applicable at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, for tours including Kartchner Caverns State Park cave tour tickets or Riordan Mansion State Historic Park tours, special use fees, special program fees, special events fees, special event admission fees, any reservation fees, camping fees or overnight parking fees. Pass is non-transferable and photo ID is required for entrance.

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What are my Arizona Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Arizona Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF): MFRF provides financial assistance to active duty Service members, Veterans, and their Families for unforeseen financial hardships caused by the Service member’s or Veteran’s military service.Arizona Military Family Relief Fund logo

MFRF is designed to help with basic living expenses caused by unforeseen circumstances and can provide one-time assistance of $3,000 with a lifetime limit of $20,000. Basic living expenses include (but are not limited to) rental assistance, vehicle payments, utility assistance, etc. Common issues not covered by MFRF are VA debts, education, Child support, credit cards, legal fees, etc.
Who is eligible for Arizona MFRF Assistance? Service members and Veterans discharged under honorable conditions who meet all the following requirements may be eligible for assistance:

  • Deployment by the Service member away from their home station to somewhere outside the continental U.S. and its territories.

  • Arizona Residency (one of the following must apply):

    • Arizona is the Service member’s home of record, or

    • Member of Arizona National Guard at time of deployment, or

    • Deployed from an Arizona military installation, or

    • 12 months of continuous residence in Arizona prior to application

  • Financial Hardship (one of the following must apply):

    • Veterans and Service members must demonstrate that current of past military service caused their current financial hardship

    • Family members must demonstrate that a financial hardship is due to the Service member’s current military service

    • Surviving Families of a Service member or Veteran that died or was wounded in the line of duty and need financial assistance with travel and living expenses.

If a Surviving Spouse or dependent Child of a deceased Service member is applying for financial assistance, the Service member must have died in the line of duty in a combat zone or a zone where the Service member was receiving hazardous duty pay.
Arizona MFRF Online Application

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Arizona Gold Star Military Medal Arizona Gold Star Military Medal: The Arizona Gold Star Military Medal is awarded to Family of an Arizona Service member who is killed in action while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal? The Arizona Gold Star Military Medal may be awarded to the Families of an Arizona resident Service member who was been killed in action on or after February 13, 1912, while:

  • Engaged in action against an enemy of the U.S.

  • Engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force

  • Serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party

  • Serving in a combat zone as designated by a presidential order.

Only one medal will be issued to the next-of-kin per qualifying individual. Families that are applying must submit a completed application, DD1300 Report of Casualty as well as proof of Family relationship to:

Arizona Gold Star Military Medal
c/o Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Arizona Gold Star Military Medal Application

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Arizona Veterans Court: Arizona Veterans Court is a collaborative process that includes the prosecutor, defense counsel, Judge, the VA, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and other community-based support organizations. The goal of Veterans Court is to rehabilitate and restore Veterans as active, contributing members of their community.

Veterans Court programs typically focus on Veterans who are currently in, or entering, the Criminal Justice System. The Court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the Veteran's issues. Issues commonly addressed include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Anger issues

  • Domestic Violence

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Drug Abuse.

By focusing on the root problems that contribute to involvement in the criminal justice system and providing specific rehabilitation programs, Veterans Courts provide an opportunity for the Veteran to return to the community in a more advantageous and beneficial manner.

Learn more about the Arizona Veterans Court

Arizona State Veteran Homes (ASVH): ASVHs provide professional skilled nursing and rehabilitative care for senior and chronically ill Veterans and their Spouse. Their goal is for each Veteran to attain or maintain their highest Arizona Veterans Home possible physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.

ASVH Locations:

Who is eligible for care at the Arizona State Veteran Homes? To be eligible for admission at an ASVH, Veterans must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces or the Spouse of an eligible Veterans that requires skilled nursing care (as determined by a physician). All applicants must provide evidence that they do not have tuberculosis.
ASVH Application Packet

Learn more about the Arizona State Veteran Homes

Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemeteries (AVMC): Arizona has three State Veteran Cemeteries that offer a dignified final resting place for Service members, Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Burial in the cemetery includes a gravesite, opening and closing of the gravesite, a concrete liner (casket burials only), government marker, and perpetual care at no cost. A Columbaria Niche or in ground burial of cremated remains is also available. Spaces are assigned at the time of need and may not be reserved. There is no charge for burial for Veterans, and a one-time nominal fee for eligible Spouses and dependents.
Who is eligible for Burial at an AVMC? Eligibility requirements for the burial at the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the AVMC Application: Pre-Registration For Burial Determination to establish eligibility prior to need.
AVMC Application for Interment

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Arizona

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Arizona: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Arizona: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains two national cemeteries in Arizona. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 N 3rd Street
Phoenix AZ, 85012
Phone: 602-255-3373

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Military Installations in Arizona

Please see the Arizona Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Fort Huachuca
Yuma Proving Ground

Air Force
Davis-Monthan AFB
Luke AFB

Marines
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

National Guard
Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
Arizona Army National Guard

Arizona Air National Guard
161st Air Refueling Wing
162nd Wing

U.S. Army Reserve
63rd Readiness Division


Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Find Locations Search Engine

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicles Division Information

Arizona Department of Veterans' Services

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Veterans Program

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Arizona

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organization Directory

Arizona Department of Veterans' Services, Military and Veterans Legislative Wrap Up

Arizona Veterans Information Directory

Arizona Revised Statutes

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Document Review Date: 13 January 2022