(a) Notwithstanding Sections 32-6-64, 32-6-67, and 32-6-68, upon application to the judge of probate, license commissioner, or other issuing official, compliance with motor vehicle registration and licensing laws, payment of regular fees required by law for license tags or plates for private passenger or pleasure motor vehicles, owners of motor vehicles who are residents of Alabama shall be issued distinctive "God Bless America" license tags or plates. In those years in which a revalidation decal only is issued, the owner shall pay the regular license fee for tags as provided by law. These tags or plates shall be valid for five years, and may then be replaced with either conventional or new "God Bless America" tags or plates.
(b) 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.
(c) The "God Bless America" license plate shall be designed by the Department of Revenue.
(d) The tags or plates shall be issued, printed, and processed like other distinctive plates provided in this chapter.