Assembly Panel OKs Coughlin & Tucker Bill to Create Special U.S. Coast Guard NJ License Plate

(TRENTON) – Bi-partisan legislation sponsored in part by Craig Coughlin and Cleopatra Tucker to authorize special license plates for member of the United States Coast Guard was recently released by an Assembly panel.

“For the sacrifices the members of our military have made in the name of freedom, our veterans should be to show pride in their branch of military and should also be acknowledged for their service to this country,” said Coughlin (D- Middlesex). “This legislation is a way to honor our military and their hard work.”

The bill (A-787) would authorize special motor vehicle registration plates for active members of the United States Coast Guard. These special plates would also be available to the parents of any person who is an active member of the United States Coast Guard or former active member who has been honorably separated form the U.S. Coast Guard.

“A specially designated license is a way we have honored many organizations, including branches of the armed forces who have dedicated their lives to making the world better for all of us,” said Tucker (D-Essex). “The U.S. Coast Guard protects the freedoms we enjoys on the waters of the world and should be saluted for their diligent service and duty to America. They should also be allowed to express their pride where it can be readily seen and admired, a New Jersey license plate.”

The plates would identify the holder as a member or former member of the United States Coast Guard and bear the “The United States Coast Guard Seal.” Under this bill, the fee for the motor vehicle registration plates issued under this section will be $25, in addition to the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles. The Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission would be authorized to retain monies collected form the plate of purchases to defray all costs incurred by the commission in the implementation of the special plate program.

The bill was released by the Assembly Military and Veterans Committee on June 4.