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168.125 SPECIAL PLATES FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR.
    Subdivision 1. Issuance and design. (a) The commissioner shall issue special plates bearing
the inscription "EX-POW" to any applicant who:
(1) is both a former prisoner of war and a registered owner of a passenger automobile,
motorcycle, or recreational motor vehicle; and
(2) complies with this chapter and rules governing the registration of motor vehicles and
licensing of drivers.
(b) The special plates must be of a design and size to be determined by the commissioner.
Only one set of plates, or a single plate in the case of a motorcycle, bearing the "EX-POW"
inscription may be issued for each qualified applicant.
    Subd. 1a. Application. Application for issuance of these plates must be made at the time of
renewal or first application for registration. The application must include a certification by the
commissioner of veterans affairs that the applicant was a member of the military forces of the
United States who was captured, separated, and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States
during a period of armed conflict.
    Subd. 1b. No fee. The commissioner shall issue a set of EX-POW plates, or a single plate for
a motorcycle, to qualified applicants, free of charge, and shall replace them without charge if they
become damaged. In addition, no fee may be charged for a subsequent year when stickers are
issued for that motor vehicle on which the EX-POW plates are placed.
    Subd. 1c. Plates transfer. Despite the provisions of section 168.12, subdivision 1, the
special plates issued under this section may be transferred to another motor vehicle registered to
the former prisoner of war upon notification to the commissioner.
    Subd. 1d. Surviving spouse. Upon the death of a former prisoner of war, the commissioner
shall continue to issue free of charge, upon renewal, the special plates to a motor vehicle owned
by the surviving spouse of the former prisoner of war. Special plates issued to a surviving spouse
may be transferred to another motor vehicle registered to the surviving spouse as provided in
subdivision 1c. No fee may be charged for replacement plates issued to a surviving spouse or
for stickers issued for the motor vehicle on which the special "EX-POW" plates are placed. A
surviving spouse is not exempt from the motor vehicle registration tax.
    Subd. 1e.[Repealed by amendment, 1Sp2005 c 6 art 2 s 11]
    Subd. 2. Plates; EX-POW and disability emblems. The commissioner shall issue special
plates bearing both the "EX-POW" and disability emblem to any applicant who is entitled to
the special plates provided under this section and who is also entitled to special plates for the
physically disabled under section 168.021 upon compliance with the provisions of both sections.
The plates must be of a design and size determined by the commissioner.
    Subd. 3. Rules; commissioner of public safety. The commissioner of public safety may
adopt by rule, in accordance with chapter 14, the procedures for issuance or transfer of the special
plates authorized under this section.
    Subd. 4. Rules; commissioner of veterans affairs. The commissioner of veterans affairs
shall establish the procedure for obtaining the certification of former prisoner of war status.
    Subd. 5. Savings provision. Nothing in this section alters the exemption for disabled war
veterans provided for in section 168.031.
History: 1982 c 424 s 130; 1982 c 593 s 1; 1988 c 636 s 5; 1989 c 140 s 11; 1989 c 301 s 2;
1990 c 497 s 6; 1993 c 214 s 3; 1Sp2005 c 6 art 2 s 11