(a) The commissioner shall issue special plates bearing the inscription "MEDAL OF HONOR" to an applicant who:
(1) is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor;
(2) is a registered owner of a passenger automobile, motorcycle, or recreational motor vehicle; and
(3) 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 determined by the commissioner. Only one set of plates, or a single plate in the case of a motorcycle, bearing the inscription "MEDAL OF HONOR" may be issued for each qualified applicant.
Application for issuance of these plates may be made only at the time of renewal or first application for registration.
The commissioner shall issue a set of Medal of Honor plates to qualified applicants free of charge and the plates must be replaced without charge if they become damaged. In addition, no fee may be charged for a subsequent year when stickers are issued for a motor vehicle listed in subdivision 1 on which the Medal of Honor plates are placed. The motor vehicle must be for personal use, not commercial purposes.
Despite the provisions of section 168.12, subdivision 1, Medal of Honor plates issued under this section may be transferred to another personal motor vehicle registered to the Medal of Honor recipient upon notification to the commissioner.