1. a. Upon application of any person who is the holder of a Navy Cross as certified on the applicant's DD-214 form or on a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, the director shall issue, for the motor vehicle owned or leased by the person, distinctive plates bearing a design approved by the director, in addition to the registration number and other markings or identification prescribed by law. The plates shall bear the words "Navy Cross" and depict the Navy Cross emblem.
b.There shall be a fee of $15 to the applicant for these special plates in addition to the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles. The director shall retain from the fees collected such sums as are necessary to provide for all costs incurred by the division in producing and issuing Navy Cross license plates.
c.The surviving spouse of a deceased recipient of the Navy Cross who is eligible to operate a motor vehicle in this State under the provisions of R.S.39:3-10 may retain the special license plates obtained by the deceased spouse pursuant to this section for display on a motor vehicle registered to the surviving spouse under the provisions of R.S.39:3-4.
d.The director may promulgate rules and regulations governing the issuance and use of these special license plates.