(a) As used in this section, "emergency medical services provider" or "EMSP" means a paramedic, emergency medical technician - intermediate, advanced emergency medical technician, or emergency medical technician who is currently licensed with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services.
(b)(1) Notwithstanding Sections 32-6-64, 32-6-67, and 32-6-68, an EMSP, upon application and subject to this section, may be issued a distinctive motor vehicle license plate as identification as an EMSP.
(2) In addition to the proper numbers, words, and insignias used on the standard license plate issued for motor vehicles, the distinctive plate issued for an EMSP shall have a design created by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services.
(c)(1) The distinctive license plate provided in this section shall be approved by the Commissioner of Revenue and shall be issued through the judge of probate, license commissioner, or other license issuing official of the several counties of the state in the same manner as are other motor vehicle license plates or tags and the officers shall be entitled to their regular fees for the service.
(2) Proof of licensure as an EMSP shall be verified using the public license search on the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services website. Only an active, unexpired EMSP, as verified, may obtain a distinctive EMSP plate.
(3) The distinctive license plate issued under this section shall be used only upon and for personally owned, private, passenger vehicles, to include station wagons and pick-up trucks, registered in the name of the EMSP making application for the license plate, 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.
(d) Anyone who is proven to have falsely obtained or certified an individual to obtain a distinctive EMSP license plate shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished according to law.
(e) The distinctive plate as provided by this section shall be prepared and furnished for the licensing year commencing January 1, 2020, and thereafter as is provided by law for the issuance of other license plates.
(f) The Department of Revenue may adopt any rules necessary to administer this section.