1. a. Upon the application of a person who has served as a municipal mayor for one term or longer but who presently does not occupy that position, the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles shall issue special registration plates for a motor vehicle owned or leased by that person. The plates shall be of a design approved by the director and shall convey appropriate recognition of the person's service as a mayor, in addition to containing the markings or identification otherwise required by law.
b.In addition to the fees otherwise prescribed by law for the registration of motor vehicles, an application for these special plates shall be accompanied by a fee of $50 which shall be retained by the Division of Motor Vehicles to defray the cost of producing and distributing the plates. The application also shall be accompanied by proof, in a form specified by the director, that the applicant served as mayor of a municipality in this State for at least one term.