(1) Congressional medal of honor license plates are available to applicants who furnish proof of entitlement by certification from the United States Veterans Administration attesting to their status as a congressional medal of honor recipient.

      (2) The license plates shall be provided free of charge. The applicant shall pay the regular annual registration fees required by section 49-402 or 49-434 (1), Idaho Code. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any vehicle with a registered maximum gross weight over twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds. If the plate holder transfers his title or interest to a vehicle registered under this section, the plates may be transferred to another vehicle owned by the plate holder. If the plates are unexpired, the plate holder shall be given credit for the unexpired portion of the registration fee against the new registration fee. The transfer fee specified by section 49-431 (1), Idaho Code, shall apply.

      (3) These provisions shall apply to the vehicle to which the plates were originally issued and to any vehicle subsequently purchased and owned by the medal of honor recipient, except that the privilege shall not extend to more than two (2) vehicles at a time.

      (4) Congressional medal of honor license plates may be retained and displayed on vehicles owned by the surviving spouse of a deceased congressional medal of honor recipient. In addition, the surviving spouse of a deceased congressional medal of honor recipient is eligible to reapply for and shall be issued congressional medal of honor license plates if the deceased congressional medal of honor recipient died on or after January 1 of the five (5) years preceding the date of reapplication for the plates. Such plates shall be used on a vehicle owned by the surviving spouse.