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Wildlife License Plate FAQ

Wildlife License Plate FAQ

How do DNR’s wildlife license plates help wildlife?

The Wildlife Resources Division has five plates that benefit wildlife conservation and management.

Sales and renewals of the two bald eagle designs (flying and with the U.S. flag) and the ruby-throated hummingbird plate support Georgia’s 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?

A law change that took effect July 1, 2014, rolled back the price of DNR’s wildlife plates to $25 at purchase and renewal. (For all plates, including standard tags, there is also a $20 registration fee each year, plus applicable ad-valorem taxes.) 

How much goes to the targeted wildlife program?

Since the law change, $19 of each purchase and $20 of each renewal goes to help wildlife. That’s as much as 80 percent of the license plate fees dedicated to the Wildlife Resources Division programs that depend on them.

Why did the fees change?

The 2014 General Assembly passed the license plate legislation sponsored by Rep. Bubber Epps (R-Dry Branch) and Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) and aimed at supporting wildlife conservation.

If I already have a wildlife plate, does the law change lower my renewal fee?

Yes. Renewals of wildlife plates now cost only $25 (plus the additional standard registration for all tags and any ad-valorem taxes). Of that specialty plate fee, $20 goes to the wildlife program. 

Where do I buy a plate? And how about renewals?

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.

What else is new with these wild plates?

In 2013, DNR and Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled new wildlife tags featuring eye-catching designs of the eagle, trout and quail. Showing your support for wildlife in Georgia looks even better than before!

How else can I support wildlife conservation in our state?

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