(625 ILCS 5/3-699.16)
    Sec. 3-699.16. Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm license plates.
    (a) The Secretary, upon receipt of an application made in the form prescribed by the Secretary, may issue special registration plates designated as Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm license plates to any Illinois resident who has earned the Southwest Asia Service Medal from the United States Armed Forces. The special plates issued under this Section may be affixed only to passenger vehicles of the first division, motorcycles, or motor vehicles of the second division weighing not more than 8,000 pounds. Plates issued under this Section shall expire according to the staggered multi-year procedure established by Section 3-414.1 of this Code.
    (b) The design, color, and format of the plates shall be wholly within the discretion of the Secretary. Appropriate documentation, as determined by the Secretary, and the appropriate registration fee shall accompany the application. The Secretary may, in his or her discretion, allow the plates to be issued as vanity plates or personalized in accordance with Section 3-405.1 of this Code. The plates are not required to designate "Land of Lincoln", as prescribed in subsection (b) of Section 3-412 of this Code. The Secretary shall, in his or her discretion, approve and prescribe stickers or decals as provided under Section 3-412.
(Source: P.A. 100-820, eff. 8-13-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)