(a) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles is empowered to make available
a special motor vehicle registration plate in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The plate shall bear the designation “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968” and shall bear the seal of the state imprinted
on it. The special plate shall be displayed upon the same registration number assigned
to the vehicle for which it was issued and shall be used in place of and in the same
manner as the original registration plates issued to the vehicle. The original registration plates for the vehicle shall be removed from the vehicle
and the registration certificate for the plates shall be carried in the vehicle, in
accordance with § 31-3-9. The registration certificate shall be in effect for the special plate.
(b) A special automobile or commercial commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. plate
shall be issued upon application using forms furnished by the administrator upon payment
in addition to the regular prescribed motor vehicle registration fee, and a service
charge of forty dollars ($40.00) for each issue. The service charge shall be paid to the administrator prior to the administrator's
acceptance of the application. The forty dollar ($40.00) service charge shall be allocated to the division of motor
vehicles for its costs in manufacturing and distributing the special plates.
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