(a)(1) The distinctive license plates provided for herein shall be prepared by the Commissioner of Revenue and shall be issued through the county license issuing officials of the state in the same manner as are other motor vehicle license plates. An applicant for such a distinctive plate shall present to the issuing official documentation that he or she is either of the following:
a. A parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of a minor or an adult who is an individual with a disability as defined in Section 32-6-230.
b. An individual with a disability as defined in Section 32-6-230.
(2) Upon presentation of the required documentation, the applicant shall be issued the requested number of special access or disability access distinctive license plates upon the payment of the regular license fee, as provided by law.
(b) Any private agency, nursing home, church, or charitable institution that submits to the licensing authority proof satisfactory to the commissioner that it operates a motor vehicle for the primary purpose of transporting one or more individuals with disabilities may apply for the distinctive plates. Applicants shall pay the regular fees for license plates, as provided by law.
(c) Any government agency that applies for a license plate for a vehicle which it owns for the primary purpose of transporting individuals with disabilities shall be issued the requested number of license plates according to Section 40-12-250, with the plate displaying the International Symbol of Access embossed on the plate.
(d) The distinctive license plates shall be used only upon and for personally-owned, private, or government owned and operated passenger vehicles, including, but not limited to, vans, station wagons, buses, motorcycles, and pickup trucks, registered in the name of the person, or public or private agency, nursing home, church, or charitable institution making application therefor, and when issued to the applicant shall be used upon the vehicle for which issued in lieu of the standard license plates normally issued for the vehicle. This division shall not be construed to require an individual with a disability to display a distinctive special access or disability access license plate. It is hereby specifically provided that this division shall be construed in pari materia with Section 32-6-231. The commissioner may make any rules or regulations necessary to carry out this division.
(e) The commissioner may require all persons with long-term disabilities to be recertified by a licensed physician before special access parking or disability access parking license plates may be reissued.
(f) Notwithstanding any provision of this section, a motor vehicle may not be parked in an area reserved for handicapped parking unless the individual with a disability is in the vehicle.