Zorn bill would expand EX-POW specialty license plate to motorcycles

LANSING, Mich. – Former prisoners of war (POWs) would be able to purchase a specialty license plate for their motorcycles if legislation introduced by Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday becomes law.

“Michigan’s former members of the U.S. armed forces who were prisoners of war served our nation with honor through some of the most harrowing of experiences,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Offering them an opportunity to purchase a specialty motorcycle license plate in addition to passenger vehicles as a way to mark those experiences is the least we can do and a way for us to show them our gratitude.”

Under Senate Bill 568, both ex-POWs and their spouses would be eligible to purchase the motorcycle plate from the secretary of state as they can currently for passenger vehicles. The plates would bear special “EX-POW” identification and would also be inscribed with the words “Ex-Prisoner of War” beneath the plate’s numbers.

The regular $23 registration fee would be waived for the EX-POW motorcycle plate, and individuals would only be charged $5 for the plate itself.

SB 568 was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.