TITLE XXI
MOTOR VEHICLES

CHAPTER 261-C
MULTI-USE VETERANS DECAL PLATES

Section 261-C:3-a

    261-C:3-a Gold Star Family Decals; Eligibility. –
I. In this section, " family member " means spouse, grandfather, grandmother, father, stepfather, adoptive mother, adoptive father, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, adoptive son, adoptive daughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, or stepsister.
II. A family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces shall qualify for a gold star family decal in accordance with RSA 261-B:3-c and RSA 261-C:2, III. These gold star family decals shall be issued upon payment of the regular registration fees and a $15 decal plate fee.
III. For purposes of this section, a motor vehicle is owned by a family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces if the family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces is the motor vehicle's owner under RSA 259:72, I, or if the legal ownership of the motor vehicle is held by a trust established by the family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces and the family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces has use of the motor vehicle or the motor vehicle is used for the transportation of the family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces. The division of veterans services shall establish the documentation required for a motor vehicle held in trust to be eligible for decals under this section. The office shall not issue more than one set of decals under this section to any trust. A trustee of the trust or the administrator of the estate may be fined up to $500 for failing to return within 60 days of the death of the family member of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces any decals issued under this section for a motor vehicle held in trust.
IV. A stepfather, stepson, or stepdaughter of a person killed while on duty in the United States armed forces shall only be eligible for gold star family decals if, in the case of a stepfather, his marriage license is dated prior to the member's fifteenth birthday and the stepfather provides a copy of the marriage license to the director, or in the case of a stepson or stepdaughter, if the member's marriage license is dated prior to the stepson's or stepdaughter's fifteenth birthday and the stepson or stepdaughter provides a copy of the marriage license to the office. The stepfather shall also be required to provide a DD Form 1300 to the director of the office. A stepfather shall not receive decals under this section if another stepfather of the person killed while on duty holds gold star family decals furnished under this section.
V. Pursuant to RSA 261-C:2, the department of military affairs and veterans services, division of veterans services shall provide gold star family decals to those who qualify under this section free of charge.

Source. 2019, 160:1, eff. Sept. 7, 2019; 273:7, eff. Sept. 17, 2019. 2020, 37:64, eff. Sept. 27, 2020. 2021, 53:3, eff. July 24, 2021.