GOLD STAR FAMILY (Gold Star Mothers)

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AUTHORITY: Tenn. Code Ann. Sections 55-4-264, (Fees: 55-4-103(f)(2), 55-4-103(f)(3)55-4-111(a)(1) Class B, 55-4-132(a), and 55-4-20455-4-201, 55-4-202, 55-4-203(c)(4), 55-4-271

PLATE CATEGORY:

Memorial

CLASS CODES:

Regular Free: 3935 Issue Year: 2007
Motorcycle Free: 5553 Issue Year: 2009

Regular (with fee): 3940 Issue Year: 2007
Motorcycle (with fee): 5554 Issue Year: 2009

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Owners or lessees of passenger motor vehicles who are residents of the State of
Tennessee whose spouse, parent, sibling, or child served and died in the line of duty or
as a result to injuries sustained while in such service of the U.S. Armed Forces or its
allies.

Line of duty status is determined based on whether or not a service member is "active". Statute does not specify a requirement that the service member was killed in "action" or in a particular theater of operation (according to the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc organization, those whose family member "became missing in action, died while on active duty, or died as a result of such service" are eligible for membership.)

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:

  • A DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty from the Department of Veterans Services indicating the spouse, parent, sibling, or child who served and died in the line of duty or as a result to injuries sustained while in such service of the U.S. Armed Forces or its allies
  • In the absence of the Report of Casualty or if the Report of Casualty does not list the cause of death as service-related or does not list the applicant’s relationship to the deceased, any other documentation from Veterans Affairs stating the applicant’s relationship (spouse, parent, sibling, or child) to the deceased and that a service-connected disability was the cause of death and can be accepted.

T.C.A. § 55-4-288(c) requires the Department of Revenue to determine eligibility for the Gold Star family plate by consulting with the Department of Veterans Services on appropriate documentation. After consulting with the Department of Veterans Services, the Department of Revenue determined that Form DD-1300 is the acceptable documentation of eligibility for the plate.

The department does not define or specify what is intended by the phrase “served and died in the line of duty … or as a result of injuries sustained in such service”. Importantly, this language does not specify that the service member must have died, for example, in combat or as a result of combat injuries. It is broader than that. Therefore, if the plate applicant presents a Form DD-1300, the Department feels it would be inappropriate to nevertheless question the circumstances surrounding a service member’s death.

NOTES:
• The first plate assigned to any vehicle (passenger or motorcycle) is free of charge per individual
• Additional plates may be purchased at the regular fee

PERSONALIZATION:

This plate cannot be personalized.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

NUMBER TO BE ISSUED PER REGISTRANT UNLIMITED
VEHICLE MUST BE REGISTERED BY APPLICANT
VEHICLE CLASS PASSENGER
OWNER/LEASED OWNER OR LESSEE
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