Handicapped / Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax

Effective January 1, 1994, pursuant to City Ordinance #4553-93, the City of Newport News began levying the motor vehicle of a physically handicapped individual at the rate of one dollar ($1.00) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the assessed value.

Effective January 1, 1994, pursuant to City Ordinance #4563-94, the City of Newport News began levying, not more than one motor vehicle owned by and regularly used by a disabled veteran, at the rate of one dollar ($1.00) on every one hundred dollars ($100.00) of the assessed value.

The following is offered to assist you in the conditions you must meet to qualify for the tax reduction.

Handicapped
Motor vehicles shall be adapted with one or more of the following devices:
  • Power door operators
  • Hand controls
  • Lifts or ramps for wheelchairs or scooters
  • Special restraints systems for wheelchairs
  • Raised door and roof to allow wheelchair entry
  • Special steering devices, such as, but not limited to "tripins" or "V grips"
  • Driving aids such as, but not limited to, touch pads, low effort power steering, power steering back up, power parking brake or electronic directional signals
  • Roll cages
Taxpayers may send a letter from the company who modified the vehicle or present the vehicle to the appropriate persons at the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue for physical inspection.

Disabled Veteran
A disabled veteran, means any veteran who has either lost, or lost the use of, one or both legs, or an arm, a hand, or who is blind, or who is permanently and totally disabled as certified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Veterans must provide a written statement to the Commissioner of the Revenue from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and complete the below Veterans Certificate of Disability.
  • Disability must be classified as service connected by the Veterans' Affairs.
The Veterans Certificate of Disability (PDF), with instructions included, can be downloaded for printing.