(a) Owners of all motor vehicles who are residents of Alabama, upon application to the judge of probate or commissioner of licenses, complying with the state motor vehicle laws relating to registration and licensing of motor vehicles and payment of the regular license fee for plates as provided by law for the motor vehicle, and the payment of an additional annual fee of twenty dollars ($20), shall be issued license plates which shall bear the words "Helping Schools."
(b) The plates shall be issued, printed, and processed in the same manner as other personalized plates are in this chapter. The plates shall be valid for five years and shall be replaced at the end of the period with either conventional plates or other personalized plates, or with new "Helping Schools" plates. Payment of the required motor vehicle license fees and taxes for the years during which a new vehicle license plate is not issued shall be evidenced as provided for in Section 32-6-63. The State Department of Revenue shall design, or have designed, the "Helping Schools" plates in compliance with all laws and regulations.