(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner of any automobile, Class One truck, trailer or semitrailer, motorcycle, or motorcycle sidecar to display any license plate on the rear of the vehicle that is not furnished by the Director of the Department of Finance and Administration.
(1) It is unlawful for a person, firm, or corporation to reproduce, paint, or alter a license plate or registration card in this state.
(2) For the purpose of this section, "license plate" means a plate designed to be affixed to the rear of a motor vehicle, including without limitation:
(A) A plate advertising a new or used car dealership or other type of business;
(B) A rental car company identification plate; or
(C) A temporary cardboard buyer's tag under § 27-14-1705.
(3) For the purpose of this section, "reproduce, paint, or alter a license plate or registration card" does not include the:
(A) Printing of a commercial motor vehicle registration card as authorized under § 27-14-613; or
(B) Affixing of a decal bearing the commercial motor carrier's logo to a commercial motor vehicle's license plate if the decal has been authorized and approved by the director or the director's designee as authorized under § 27-14-613.
(c) Any person, firm, or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).
Acts 1929, No. 65, § 36; Pope's Dig., § 6636; Acts 1965, No. 493, § 8; A.S.A. 1947, § 75-236; Acts 2005, No. 1929, § 5; 2009, No. 186, § 1; 2017, No. 532, § 4.