(a) An active or inactive member of the Alabama State Defense Force who is the owner of a motor vehicle and a resident of the state may be issued a distinctive Alabama State Defense Force license tag or plate. The distinctive plates or tags shall be designed by the Department of Revenue with the advice of the Commander of the Alabama State Defense Force. Applicants for the distinctive plates shall present to the judge of probate or license commissioner proof of active or inactive membership in the Alabama State Defense Force on forms prescribed by the Commander of the Alabama State Defense Force. The members of the Alabama State Defense Force shall comply with the motor vehicle registration and licensing laws, pay the regular fees required by law for license tags or plates for private passenger or pleasure motor vehicles, and pay an additional annual fee of fifty dollars ($50). The Department of Revenue shall coordinate with the Commander of the Alabama State Defense Force for the issuance of the numbers on the tags or plates.
(b) The tags or plates shall be issued, printed, and processed like other distinctive and personalized tags and plates provided for in this chapter. The tags or plates shall be valid for five years and may be replaced with either a conventional, personalized, or new Alabama State Defense Force tags or plates. Payment of required license fees and taxes for the years during which a new tag or plate is not issued shall be evidenced as provided in Section 32-6-63.