The new year rings in some comfort for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Thanks to a new law taking effect Friday, vehicle registrations are free for those family members. If a loved one was killed in the line of duty, qualified family members won’t have to pay the vehicle license tax or the $8.00 registration fee.

Steve Elliott with ADOT says those who qualify for vehicle registration fee exemptions include spouses as long as they remain unmarried, a child of a fallen responder under age 18, unmarried full-time students between 18 and 23 years old, and unmarried dependents who became afflicted with a disability before reaching age 23, and who remain a dependent of a surviving spouse or guardian.

Those wishing to apply for the exemption can go to the ADOT website and download the “Survivor of Fallen Responder” exemption form. The victim’s employer must then certify the form which is then submitted to the MVD before the exemption begins.

Elliot notes the exemption is limited to only one vehicle registered to the qualified family member’s name.

To download the form, go to the MVD Forms Library at

 –Barbara Villa