(1) Beginning in 2014, the department will implement an age-based license plate reissuance process. License plate reissuance is required when a set of license plates has been assigned to one or more vehicles for five years or more.
(2) Except as provided in (3), the five-year license plate reissuance process applies to all plates assigned to a vehicle that is subject to annual registration.
(3) The following plates are exempt from the five-year license plate reissuance process:
(a) permanently registered plates issued pursuant to 61-3-562, MCA;
(b) collector's or vintage plates issued pursuant to 61-3-412, MCA; and
(c) plates for registered apportionable motor vehicles as defined in 61-3-712, MCA.
(4) License plates may not be transferred to another motor vehicle if, at the time of transfer, the plates are more than five years old and are subject to reissue.