1. a. Upon application of any person who is the holder of a Silver Star medal as certified on the applicant's DD-214 form or on a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, the director shall issue, for the motor vehicle owned or leased by the person, distinctive plates bearing a design approved by the director in addition to the registration number and other markings or identification prescribed by law. The plates shall bear the words "Silver Star" and depict the Silver Star emblem. There shall be no cost to the applicant for these special plates other than the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles.
b.The surviving spouse of a former holder of the Silver Star who is eligible to operate a motor vehicle in this State under the provision of R.S.39:3-10 may retain the special license plates obtained by the deceased spouse pursuant to this section for display on a motor vehicle registered to the surviving spouse under the provisions of R.S.39:3-4.
c.The director shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the issuance and use of these registration plates.
d.A person who is issued a Silver Star special plate may affix a silver star insignia which has been approved by the director to the license plate. The director shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the use, design, materials and placement of an insignia on the Silver Star special license plate.
L.1992,c.154,s.1; amended 1999, c.127.