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Wildlife License Plate FAQ

Wildlife License Plate FAQ

How do the DNR Wildlife Resources Division license plates help wildlife?

Sales and renewals of the three bald eagle designs (the new design with the U.S. flag and the older soaring and eagle-and-flag versions) and the ruby-throated hummingbird plate support Georgia’s Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. Created by state law, the fund benefits endangered and nongame wildlife and plants through conservation, education, land acquisition and recreation projects. The nongame plates make up more than half of all contributions to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, providing vital funds the division’s Nongame Conservation Section has used to conserve wildlife such as gopher tortoises and bald eagles, and help acquire thousands of acres of wildlands open to Georgians.

The bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer and wild turkey plate contributes directly to the Bobwhite Quail Initiative, which has created critical habitat for quail nesting, feeding and cover. The program positively affects more than 20,000 acres for quail and songbirds.

About 97 percent of the Wildlife Resources Division's work with nongame species – or wildlife not legally fished for or hunted -- is supported solely by fundraisers, grants and direct contributions. And, no state appropriations are allocated for our work involving quail. For both programs, wildlife tag sales and renewals are the main source of local funds.

The Trout Unlimited license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts impact trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout North Georgia.

Buy or renew your tag and show your support for wildlife in Georgia!

What is the cost compared to a standard Georgia plate?

DNR wildlife plates cost only $25 more than a standard “peach” plate to buy or for annual renewal, thanks to a 2014 law change that rolled back the cost of DNR plates and dedicated more of the fees to wildlife. For all of Georgia’s license plates, including standard tags, there is also a $20 registration fee each year, plus applicable ad-valorem taxes.

How much does the targeted wildlife program receive?

For plates, $19 of each purchase and $20 of every renewal goes to help wildlife. For the Wildlife Resources Division plates, as much as 80 percent of the fee is dedicated to the programs that need this support.

Why add an eagle plate?

The new bald eagle and American flag image is a throw-back to one of Georgia’s most popular specialty plates, the eagle-and-flag tag that first went on sale in December 2003. The soaring eagle that replaced that older design in 2013 used the entire license plate for the image, not just a small part.

The return to the eagle and flag combines the richer design option with the iconic imagery that provided tremendous support for conserving Georgia’s rare wildlife, native plants and natural habitats 

Can I still buy a soaring eagle tag?

You can if it’s available in your county tag offices. As of August 2016, some offices still have the design in stock. Please check with your local office – and fast! Even if available, stocks are limited, and no more copies of this design will be produced.

Note that if your local office does have the soaring eagle plates stocked, the new eagle-and-flag version may be temporarily unavailable.

Can I keep my current tag?

Yes. You can renew it every year, as usual.

If you want to change to another wildlife plate, you can buy the design of your choice for $25. The annual renewal will be the same. (Renewals for all Georgia license plates also includes a standard $20 registration fee and applicable ad-valorem taxes. In almost all counties, renewals are timed to coincide with your birthday.)

Where can I buy or renew a wildlife plates?

License plates are available for purchase at your county tag office. Many Georgia car dealerships also offer the option to purchase a tag when you buy a vehicle. Just ask them to upgrade you to a wildlife tag when they ask what type of tag you want!

Wildlife plates can be renewed online in most counties, or at your local tag office.

How else can I support wildlife conservation in our state?

There are many ways! Here's a look.

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