1. a. Upon proper application, the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles may issue animal welfare license plates for a motor vehicle owned or leased and registered in the State. In addition to the registration number and other markings or identification otherwise prescribed by law, an animal welfare license plate shall display words or a slogan and an emblem indicating support for, or interest in, animal welfare. The words or slogan and emblem shall be selected by the director. Issuance of animal welfare license plates in accordance with this subsection shall be subject to the limitations of section 3 of P.L.1959, c.56 (C.39:3-33.5) and other applicable requirements of chapter 3 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes, except as hereinafter specifically provided.
b. Application for issuance of an animal welfare license plate shall be made to the director on forms and in a manner as may be prescribed by the director. In order to be deemed complete, an application shall be accompanied by a fee of $50, payable to the Division of Motor Vehicles, which shall be in addition to the fee otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles. The annual renewal fee for the registration certificate of a motor vehicle for which an animal welfare license plate has been issued shall include, in each year subsequent to the year of issuance, an animal welfare license plate fee in the amount of $10, which shall be in addition to the fee for the renewal of the registration certificate.