DeKalb County thanks you for serving our country!
Below we have provided information pertaining to important property tax and motor vehicle exemptions just for our Veterans.
Property Tax Exemptions
If you are a homeowner and lived in your house on January 1st, you are eligible for a basic homestead exemption. You may be eligible for additional savings if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) considers you to be a permanently and totally, service-connected disabled veteran receiving 100 percent benefits, or compensated as such. If you are the un-remarried, surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, you may also be eligible.
All veteran exemptions must be applied for in person at one of our locations. In order to qualify for these exemptions, you will need to provide the following:
- Letter of Adjudication from the VA or VA award letter
- Copy of your driver’s license or ID card
- Federal and state income tax forms (if over 65)
If you are not currently considered 100% disabled by the VA, you may still be eligible for these special exemptions. You will need to present the following at our office:
Presentation of the veteran’s Honorable Discharge (DD214) and is entitled to receive a statutory award from the U.S department of Veterans Affairs for one of the following conditions:
A – Complete or permanent loss of use of one or both feet
B - Complete or permanent loss of use of one or both hands
C – Loss of sight in one or both eyes or
D – Permanent impairment of vison of both eyes of the following status: central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, with corrective glasses, or central visual acuity of more than 20/200 if there is a field defect in which peripheral field has contract to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends on angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye.
NOTE : These exemptions may be transferred to, or applied for by the un-remarried widow(er) of a disabled veteran or a US service member killed in action.
The Georgia Department of Revenue is proud to be able to offer current and retired military members specialty license plates to honor your service.
License plates are available for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Navy, National Guard and US Reserves, as well as specific plates for veterans who are recognized for their service above and beyond. Samples of available plates are available at the DOR’s website.
Only individuals with permanent disabilities are eligible for disabled plates, which must be applied for in person. You must also meet the same requirements as above:
- Your doctor must complete and notarize form MV-9D and then this must be submitted to our office along with a copy of your Georgia driver’s license or ID card.
- A signed and dated statement by a doctor on prescription paper may be submitted including the disabled person’s name and that the disability is permanent. The prescription paper must include the doctor’s printed name, address, phone number and the doctor’s license number. This document can be submitted along with a copy of your Georgia driver’s license or ID card.
A disabled person’s license plate costs $20 plus any other fees and penalties which may apply, including ad valorem tax and TAVT if applicable.
If the vehicle currently has a valid Georgia license plate and a disabled person’s license plate is being requested for that same vehicle, the Georgia license plate must be returned to the tag office. If it is not returned, a disabled person’s license plate cannot be issued.
Un-remarried surviving spouses are also eligible for these license plate options.
The forms that you may need are here.