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      RS 47:490.15     


§490.15.  Military honor license plates for veterans of the United States Merchant Marine

A.  The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall establish military honor license plates for motor vehicles restricted to passenger cars, pickup trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and vans, which may be issued, upon application, to any veteran of the United States Merchant Marine.  The military honor license plate shall be of a color and design selected by the secretary and shall bear the words "US Veteran" and the letters "USMM".

B.  The license plates shall be issued in the same manner as other motor vehicle license plates.  Each veteran of the United States Merchant Marine who applies for the license plate authorized by this Section shall present to the issuing official a copy of the certificate of release (Form DD 214) or certificate issued pursuant to Public Law 87, 78th Congress for the purpose of establishing reemployment rights.  The charge for this license plate shall be the same as for regular license plates.

C.  The license plates shall be used only upon personally or jointly owned private passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans registered in the name, or jointly in the name, of the person making application, and when issued to the applicant shall be used upon the vehicle for which issued in lieu of the standard license plate normally issued for the vehicle.  The license plate issued hereunder shall not be transferable between motor vehicle owners.  In the event the owner of a vehicle bearing the distinctive plate should sell, trade, exchange, or otherwise dispose of it, the plate shall be retained by the owner to whom issued and be returned by him to the issuing official.

D.  The secretary shall promulgate such rules and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.  Oversight review of the secretary's proposed rules and regulations shall be conducted by the Joint Legislative Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.

Acts 2005, No. 365, §1, eff. June 30, 2005; Acts 2010, No. 208, §1.

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